Osprey Monitoring Begins Tomorrow!

Greetings fellow monitors!

First of all, thank you so much for supporting this great program!! Without your efforts it simply would not happen.

I am pleased to announce that all but 9 of the interested monitors that came out this year have been assigned a nest. If you still do not have one please do not fret – I am assigning the final few now and will be in touch tomorrow!

All your assigned monitor usernames have been added to the www.riosprey.info website so that when you go to submit data you should be able to pop in your username and add your observation information. If you run into a problem please email me before you get frustrated!

Using Google Earth - The best way to view the nest locations is to open Google Earth and then go to the www.riosprey.info wesite and click on the small blue box beneath the maplet, under the word “Google”. This should send the nest site list to your open Google Earth program. Click back on Google Earth and look on the upper left side for the “features” folder and click on it. A list of the nest should appear. You may have to click on a couple of folders to find it. Once the master nest list appears double click on a nest site and Google Earth should take you to the nest site. Call me if it is not working for you!

If you find problems with your assigned nest (like it is gone) please send me an email so that I can update the database and the map. Since Osprey tend to return to the same spot, they may build a new nest nearby – so it will be important to keep an eye on the area.

Happy monitoring!


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Nest Assignments

Hello monitors!

Osprey are returning and I know that many of you are anxious to lean what nests you will be assigned.

The assignments have been completed and you will be receiving an email from me this Sunday with your assignment(s).

Monitoring begins April 1st – so your access to the “Submit Data” tab on the website will be created early next week!

All the best,


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Photo Challenge Winner

I challenged the monitors to be the first to provide me with a photo of a returning Osprey, and I received several responses – thank you! The winner of the prize (Audubon shirt and water bottle) and bragging rights is Bryan Wolfenden who snapped a shot on March 23rd near Lake Tiogue in Coventry. The photo was the 1st to be added to the slideshow on this site, starting a fresh look for 2015! Jon Scoones

1st Photo received of Osprey returning for 2015 season!  Spotted on 3/23/2015 over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, vicinity of Lake Tiogue by Bryan W.

1st Photo received of Osprey returning for 2015 season! Spotted on 3/23/2015 over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, vicinity of Lake Tiogue by Bryan W.

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World Osprey Week!

Hi monitors!

This week is officially World Osprey Week – so designated by the folks who decide those things!

Links to World Osprey Week and an Osprey Tracking site have been added to the “Osprey Links” section of the site. Read and enjoy knowing that you are part of this worldwide conservation effort on behalf of the Osprey, aka fishhawk!


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Friendly Competition For Returning Osprey Photo

Hi monitors!

I thought that we should make the returning of the Osprey even more exciting this year – and what better way to do that then offer a free gift to the monitor submitting the first photo I receive featuring an Osprey just returned to Rhode Island this year.  (In other words, no photos of Osprey from previous years!…  Scout’s honor!)

Before sending me your photo please check this blog to make sure someone hasn’t already grabbed the honor.  When sending me your photo, feel free to compress it as a large version will not be necessary.  The winning photo will be featured on our Facebook page and the photographer will receive a fun little gift – the honor really being the recognition that you snapped the 1st shot!

And this just in…. a past president of ASRI reports seeing an Osprey on a platform, so grab your cameras!




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New Flock of Monitors!

Many thanks to all the new and returning monitors who attended the Osprey monitor orientation sessions!  In total 77 folks attended the sessions that were held in Charlestown, Bristol and Smithfield.   It was wonderful to see such a terrific turnout from the community in support of this important citizen science project.

I will be finalizing the nest assignments in the next couple of days, and will be contacting each of you by the end of the week.    I will also be adding your usernames to the website so that come April 1st you will be able to submit data.

In the meantime, be sure to read the training manual (accessible on this site) and become familiar with what to look for when monitoring a nest.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me through the “Contact Us” tab on this site.

All the best!





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The 2014 Osprey Report

We are pleased to announce that the Osprey Report for 2014 has been published and distributed to the media and to the Osprey Program team via their email addresses on file.  In the next couple of days the Report will be posted here under Newsletters.

The results are mixed; although fewer nests were monitored, a record number (187) of fledglings was recorded!  So thank you to everyone involved in, and supporting, the 2014 Osprey monitoring program!


We have scheduled Osprey Monitoring orientations sessions at the following places / dates.  If you are interested in becoming a monitor for 2015, know someone who might be interested, or just want to learn more about the program, join us at one of these sessions!

  • March 8 at 2:30 at Fish & Wildlife’s Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown
  • March 15 at 4:00 at Audubon’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol
  • March 22 at 2:30 at Audubon;s headquarters in Smithfield

Follow this link to sign up for one of the sessions:  https://audubon.formstack.com/forms/volunteerfornature_ospreyinfosessions

Contact Jon Scoones at jscoones@asri.org with any questions!


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2015 Osprey Monitoring Orientation Sessions

This Spring Audubon will be offering three (3) orientation sessions for Osprey monitors.  The sessions will target both new and experienced monitors and will be a fun time for anyone interested in Osprey.

In addition to covering Osprey and their habitat, the sessions will provide real nuts and bolts information about identifying female and male birds;  interpreting behaviors; what to look for;  how to use the website and what type of data should be submitted.  This is in addition to the general information about the program, the role of a monitor, etc…

Orientation sessions will be held at the following locations:  

  1. March 8 at the U.S. Fish & Games Kettle Pond Visitor  Center in Charlestown
  2. March 15th at Audubon’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol
  3. March 22nd at Audubon’s headquarters in Smithfield.

Please contact me for details and to sign up: jscoones@asri.org OR 401-949-5454 x3044.

Thank you,

Jon Scoones

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Happy New Year!

I am pleased to report that the rough draft of the 2014 Osprey Monitoring Report has been completed and sent in for final review.  We hope to have final comments this week and publish it  next week!

Thank you so much for your support,  we are looking forward to Osprey Season 2015!

Did you know:  During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America.  (Courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology)



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Happy Holidays !

All of us at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island wish all the Osprey Monitors and their families Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!

It would not be possible to monitor two hundred nests across Rhode Island every couple of weeks without all of your dedication and hard work!  We have the best citizen science-based Osprey Monitoring program in the country, thanks to you!


Eric and I have been working on the program’s final report which we hope to release by the end of the year.  Preliminary numbers look good, but I do not want to spoil the fun of seeing the final data in the annual report!

Once the report has been completed Eric will post it on this blog site and I will send out a note to all of you advising that it has been posted.  We also plan to include results in Audubon’s Report magazine.

Many of you know Eric Walsh, and that he as been instrumental in advancing this program.  It bears repeating that Eric, a volunteer, manages the database, the website, analyzes your data, responds to everyone’s questions and represents the program at public events.  And he has been training me as well – no small feat if one remembers the adage about teaching old dogs…!  In fact, Eric received his Master’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island with a thesis on the Osprey population in Rhode Island.  All that said, Eric will be moving to Idaho to a pursue his doctorate this Spring.   We wish him the best of luck and will do our best to replace him – I am convinced it will take two to three people!

I leave you with a photo of two Red-tailed Hawks at an Osprey nest at Allin’s Cove today.   This photo was taken by David Winsor, an Osprey Monitor and frequent contributor of wonderful photos and videos.


Happy Holidays, and thank you again for the time and energy you donate to this important program!

Jon Scoones

Audubon Society of Rhode Island






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