Two Volunteers to Help Manage the Osprey Program

The administrative side of the Osprey Monitoring program  is fortunate to have help from two volunteers for the 2019 season.   Jessica will be improving the data side of things, as well as some of the social media.   We are still thinking of a cool title for her!

Gary (long-time monitior) has signed on as Program Assistant and will focus on fieldwork, photos and using his creativity to improve the program for monitors.  Gary has already been a strong supporter of the program, covering unreported nests, heading up to the NE Osprey Symposium, and participating at training sessions.

Please join me in thanking Jessica and Gary for their help!

Jon

 

 

 

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New Monitors – Nest Assignment Process

Hi new monitors!

Thank you very much for your interest in supporting Audubon’s RI Osprey Monitoring Program.   This program is volunteer-based and would not survive without your support.

If you have not yet attended one of our training sessions, please do so.  Attendance at one session is required to join the program.   A list of the upcoming dates and sites is below.

Since you will be spending 30+ hours this summer observing a nest, many people are very particular about which nest(s) they want to monitor.  We understand that you may be interested in a specific nest or geographic area and will do our best to meet your interest.

Following is an outline of the nest assignment process for 2019:

  1. Returning monitors can “claim” their nest from last year by emailing me by 3/15.
  2. New monitors – please attend one training session (see below for dates and times)
  3. A list of “open” nests will be posted and sent to monitors on 3/18.  The deadline for submission is 3/25.  Please request a nest by emailing Jon at jscoones@asri.org.  First-come basis. Please include “Nest Choice” in the subject line.
  4. Final nest assignments will be circulated by 4/1.

If you have any questions please feel free to send me a note at jscoones@asri.org.

Thank you again!

Jon

 

 

 

 

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Attn. Returning Monitors: Nest Assignments for 2019

Hi Returning Monitors!

Returning Monitotrs, if you monitored a nest in 2018 please send me an email indicating which nest(s) you would like to monitor in 2019 before March 15th.  Be sure to include your name, phone # and email address, as well as the name and town in which the nest is located.   Doing this will reserve you as one of the two monitors for that nest.

On March 18 a list of nests still requiring a monitor will be posted and circulated.  New monitors will be able to choose any of the listed nests on a first-come basis.

March 25 is the deadline for new monitors to submit their nest choices to jscoones@asri.org.  Please put “Nest Choice” in the subject line.

Final nest assignments will be distributed by April 1st.

Please note that in 2019 each nest will have two official monitors of record.  Some nests may have more unofficial monitors.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jscoones@asri.org

Photo by Luis Mendes

See you on the trails,

Jon

 

 

 

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FREE Osprey Monitor Training Sessions for 2019

Hi everyone!

The training sessions for the 2019 season are just around the corner.  We encourage all returning and prospective monitors to attend a session.  Please note that all new monitors are required to attend a session.  Each session covers Osprey natural history, tips for observing Osprey and Audubon’s RI Osprey Monitoring program.

Following is a list of the sessions:

  • Sunday 2/24 Audubon’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA 1-3:00pm
  • Tuesday 2/26 Audubon’s Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI  6-8:00pm
  • Sunday 3/3 Audubon’s Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield, RI 1-3:00pm
  • Sunday 3/10 F&W Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charelstown, RI 1-3:00pm

Please register at www.asri.org and be sure to bring a pen and paper.  If you are unable to register feel free to stop by at the session nearest you.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Jon

 

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Osprey Luncheon

Hi everyone!

Due to unforseen circumstances the Osprey luncheon scheduled for September 23rd is being?? postponed.?? Once I have a new date I will post it and send out an email.

Thank you for your understanding.

Jon

 

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone for posting their observations!?? And a special thank you to everyone who pitched in to make observations at the sites listed as unknown following the June tally of observations.?? It is great to see everyone pull together to make those observations!

Please keep them coming!?? ??Several nests remain in the unknown category.?? Freel free to post your observation on the web and send me a note to update me.

If you have not visited “your” nest lately, or posted your observations, now is the time to do so.?? Many of the chicks are flying, meaning it will be dificult to know for sure which nest they came from!

Corrections and reminders – please keep nagging me to update new nests, correct email addresses, updatge the map, etc…?? ??Just send your notes directly to my email address.

Photos – I have received very few photos this year.?? So feel free to send me your choice photos for posting and bragging rights!

And be sure to keep September 23rd clear for the Osprey Party at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge.

Keep up the great work, and thank you all so much for supporting Osprey in RI (and parts of MA!)

Jon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Observation Summary April – June 2018

Hi everyone!

I have posted a link to a table which contains a summary of your observations from April through June of this year.?? ??The link may be found in the Informational Resources section.?? The table also shows the numerous nests for which we do not have any observations (aka unknown).?? As I mentioned in a previous post, if anyone is able to scoot by one of the nests and submit an update via the website it would be great!!

Cheers,?? Jon

 

 

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Osprey Monitor Luncheon: Save the Date!

Hi everyone!

For several years fellow monitors have suggested that I host a pot-luck luncheon for Osprey Monitors so that we may meet each other, celebrate our successful program, swap stories and have a fun lunch.?? Given my new posting at Audubon’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, Massachusetts we now have access to a great place to hold a luncheon!

So please put September 23rd from 11:30-1:30 on your calendar.?? ??I will send out another note with details and a request for people to bring a dish to pass.

Cheers,

Jon

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Mid-Summer Check-In

Happy July! The heat has certainly made it difficult to get motivated to slog out to the Osprey nests and try to see any little heards poking out! So thank you for persevering to make your weekly visits and submitting your observations.

Following is a summary of the observations made from April through June of this year. Any observations entered after the 3rd of July have not been included in this summary. Please note that I am sending a letter with an attached detailed summary out to everyone on the Osprey contact list. If you do not receieve the letter by the end of the week please contact me at jscoones@asri.org with your contact information.

I also plan to provide a link to the detailed summary on this page later this week.

After reviewing the summary of observations you will note that we have a great deal of nests (97) that have not had any observations submitted. If you are interested in checking on any of these nests please check back in a couple of days for the detailed list of nests and their respective status.

Happy Summer!

Jon Scoones

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Username to Submit Data

Hi everyone!

I believe I have entered everyone’s usernames (email addresses) into the system, thereby allowing you to click on the “submit data” tab and enter your observations.?? ??When prompted just enter the email address that you provided to me.

If you are unable to gain access, just email me a quick note (jscoones@asri.org)?? and I will make sure the email address is correct.?? I had trouble reading a few of the addresses, and my typing skills are not up to snuff.

Thank you again for your help with this important project!

Cheers,

 

Jon Scoones

 

 

 

 

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