Connecticut Audbon Society

 

Osprey Nation 2019 training dates

March 4, 2019 – Ospreys will be returning to Connecticut within weeks. To prepare, the Connecticut Audubon Society is holding several training sessions for Osprey Nation stewards.

If you’ve been a steward in previous years, please sign up for a refresher course. If you haven’t been involved but want to be, the session will serve as an introduction to this citizen science program.

More than 300 people volunteered as stewards last year and we estimate that the 700-plus Osprey nests in the state will require at least that many in 2019.

The program continues to thrive, grow, and collect valuable data. All credit goes to the amazing corps of volunteers. If you’d like to get in on the fun, we invite you to become a volunteer Osprey Nation steward. The time commitment is small (no more than half an hour a month from April into August) but the rewards are great.

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. til noon at the Center at Glastonbury. ALL 30 SPACES TAKEN!

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. til noon at the Milford Point Coastal Center. ALL 30 SPACES TAKEN!

Friday, April 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme, register here

Thursday, April 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme. ALL 30 SPACES TAKEN!

Ospreys nesting on a piling in Old Saybrook. Photo by Lynn Johnson

Osprey Nation is a citizen science program that created Connecticut Audubon Society in 2014, in association with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, to monitor the Ospreys that breed  in Connecticut. The goal is to gather data over the years to determine the health of the state’s Osprey populations.

In 2018, 314 volunteer stewards monitored and collected data on 603 nests, an increase of 9.4% and 11.6% over 2017, respectively. Nests and data are plotted on an interactive map on Connecticut Audubon’s website.

Learn more about Osprey Nation here.

 

 

 

 

 

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