Osprey Monitoring Updates and Trainings

I hope you are all staying warm on this snowy day! I am emailing you with some important program updates regarding the Osprey Monitoring Program. First, I am underway with preparing all of our spreadsheets and forms for data collection for the 2024 Osprey Monitoring season. Some of you have met with our great web-developer volunteers, Serena Entezary and Mary Lueder to share your thoughts and opinions on the program and how we can make it better than ever for this season. Serena, Mary, and I are working on updating our data submission methods and improving our web presence. I will share more updates as we go!
Second, registration for monitoring training sessions is now open! Below are registration links for each training session. You will only need to register for a single 90-minute training session. Also, given the changes to data submission, all monitors, regardless of experience, will need to register for a training session. It will also be greatly appreciated for experienced monitors to share their experiences with newer monitors during these sessions!
Registration Links:
2/17/2024 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA:
3/2/2024 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield, RI: Not currently on the event calendar, but will be within the next two weeks at https://asri.doubleknot.com/event/calendar/2741
3/6/2024 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM at South Kingstown Land Trust in South Kingstown, RI: Not currently on the event calendar, but will be within the next two weeks at https://asri.doubleknot.com/event/calendar/2741
The final announcement is that I have resigned my position as a Wildlife Refuge Manager for Audubon and my last day will be on this Friday, 1/19/2024. However, I will be continuing to volunteer with Audubon to coordinate the Osprey Monitoring Program. I have loved working with all of you and getting to study these amazing animals, and I just could never not be part. Audubon is allowing me to keep this email address (Ldark@asri.org) to continue to communicate with all of us monitors, so you can still contact me at this email address. I am leaving Audubon because I have accepted a position as a Geographic Information Systems Specialist with the Providence Water Supply Board.
I am looking forward to a great season with all of you! Contact me at any time with any questions.
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Osprey Rescue Article.

Good Morning Everyone,

This article was shared with me this morning, so I wanted to pass it along to all of you. This goes to show the good that can be done when people care about Ospreys!


Have a great week everybody.


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The Results are in!

Good Morning Everybody,
I have finished calculating the results from the Osprey nest roundup at the end of July!
During the roundup, all 84 nests were claimed to be monitored, data was then collected on 69 of these nests. Of these 69 monitored nests, 40 were active, 28 of which had young in the nest, 11 nests were inactive, and 18 sites were found to no longer have nests.
From the active nests, 53 adults and 47 young individuals were observed, most of these young were fledglings.
Thank you all for all of your support in collecting data on these unassigned nests. I am glad that we found so many of them were active and had so many young birds!
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Osprey Nest Roundup!

Hello Everybody, Lincoln here!
In reviewing this year’s data, I have found that we have received data for 209 nests (wow!), but there are 87 nests that are not being monitored this season. This is lower than the original 112 that I sent out, because it turns out that some of those nests are in fact being monitored, but Audubon did not have that in our records. Fortunately, we have data for all of those nests!
To solve the issue of these 87 unmonitored nests, Audubon is organizing an Osprey nest round up! This round up is focused on ensuring that all  of these nests are visited at least once this season, specifically, before any fledglings leave the nest for the season. Thus, our goal is to conduct our round up during the last week of July, between Monday, July 24th and Sunday, July 30th. Your responsibility will be to visit the nests that you sign up for below just one time during that period. Below, there is a link to a Google Spreadsheet. In this spreadsheet is the name of each nest that we will be monitoring for this event, as well as the town it is located in. Please put your name and email address in the columns next to the nests that you are able to monitor during our study period. If you do not know the exact location of certain nests, please refer to our Google Map that contains nest locations and directions for each nest, this link is also below. However, a handful of nests do not have locations in this map, as denoted in the “On Map?” column in the Google Spreadsheet. I am currently in the process of finding the exact locations of these nests and getting them on the map.
Link to Google Map of Osprey Nests: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer…
Data submission will also be a bit different for this event, as you will only be visiting these nests a single time. Attached to this post, you will find a field data collection sheet that you will fill out as you visit each nest. Each nest will have its own row, and you may need multiple data sheets, depending on how many nests you choose to sign up for. You will then submit a scanned copy of your completed forms, or a photo of them, to me at this email address (LDark@asri.org).
If you have any questions about this event, or the Osprey monitoring program in general, please contact me at any time! My email address is LDark@asri.org and my cell phone number is 4017872362.
I am looking forward to working with all of you!
Datasheet below:
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2023 Nest Assignment List Posted







Hi Monitors,

The 2023 Nest Assignment List for this season has been posted. Please note that this is living document.  It will be updated as we receive more information regarding which monitors are monitoring which nests.  As you will see, we are waiting to hear about the coverage of numerous nests!  Please check the Nest List and get back to us if your name is not associated with the correct nest(s)!

The Nest List has been posted on the www.riosprey.info website, in the Informational Resources section.

Thank you very much for your help with this important project.  We look forward to hearing back from you.




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Monitor Needed for ExxonMobile Terminal in EP

Hi Monitors!

We are looking for a reliable, experienced monitor for a rare and exclusive opportunity!  If you are interested in monitoring the 6 or so nests behind the fence on the terminal property through the season, please contact me via the program email.  I have been able to monitor the nests before and it is fun.  Jon

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Technical Difficulties!

Hi monitors!

We are experiencing a slight technical difficulty behind the scenes.  Nothing major but it has delayed the process a wee bit.  Fortunately, Jess and I will be meeting tomorrow so it should be resolved very soon!   Thank you for your patience!

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Nest Assignments – Please submit your list NOW!!

Hi monitors new and returning!

If you have not already done so, please send a list of the nest that you would like to monitor to rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com as soon as possible!!

This is very important and helps us see where we have gaps in coverage for the rest of the season.

Thank you in advance,




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Early Season Housekeeping

Warwick, May 2019 Photo by Claire G.







Greetings to all Osprey monitors for the 2023 season!

Our recent orientation session at the South Kingstown Land Trust barn was quite a success with 27 attendees, most of them new to the program.  I have entered all the relevant contact information into the “submit data” database, so that everyone should be able to add data.  If you cannot, please send me a note (rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com) and I will correct the situation.

If you were unable to attend one of the training sessions, please fear not – just reach out to me.  I will be adding some training documents to this site and will schedule a telephone walk-through with whomever needs one.

I am currently adding new nests into the nest database and the map.  I am up to 9 nests with a few more to go… and its only April!!  If you do submit a new nest, please add as much detail as possible regarding the location, directions, structure, and even a photo!

If you have not sent me the names of the nest that you want to monitor, please do so as soon as possible!!

Thank you all,







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Welcome Two New Faces

Hi Monitors!
Please welcome Dr. Charles Clarkson and Lincoln Dark to the Osprey Monitoring program. Charles is the Director of Avian Research for Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Lincoln is the new manager of Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. I will be showing Lincoln the Osprey Monitoring program this season. Lincoln has already performed some research using the data that monitors (you!) have collected in previous years.
Thank you for making them feel welcome!
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