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Please Update Your Email Address
If you have not received any recent emails from me, it means that we do not have your email address. If you changed your email address in the past year, or are not sure, please send a note with your current email address to Jon at
Thank you! Jon
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New Osprey Monitors Needed!


Interested in joining a fun, long-standing, meaningful citizen science program?

The Rhode Island Osprey Monitoring program needs your help!


This program has been managed by Audubon Society of Rhode Island for the past ten years.  Before that, the program was managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) since 1977.  The program has what may be the longest run of observation data focused on Osprey.   We need to keep this program, and the valuable data stream, up and running in 2021.

Program Overview:

Osprey monitors observe their assigned nest once a week for approximately 30 minutes per visit.  After making the field observation, monitors use the program’s website to submit their observational information.  Training is provided (via a virtual training guide during COVID) and binoculars are required.  The program includes a support network and is a great reason to get outside and explore nature!  The program runs from March through August.  At the end of the season a report that summarizes all of the observations is published for use by the public, scientists, students, industry and government policy makers.

If you would like to learn more or sign-up as a monitor, please send a note to Jon at or call him at 401-959-5454 x3201



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2020 Rhode Island Osprey Monitoring Report

I am pleased to announce that the 2020 Rhode Island Osprey Monitoring Report has been posted in the Osprey Reports section of this site.  I have also posted a link to the document here:

2020 was a banner year for the observation of fledglings – and it was all due to the hard work of the monitors and volunteers who supported the program.  Audubon Society thanks all of the volunteers for their dedication and hard work during a difficult season.

If you have any comments, questions or corrections regarding the Report please email Jon at

Thank you all!





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Osprey Monitor Training Guide

Photo: Meredith Brady at Ryan Park










Osprey Monitors New and Old,

Since we cannot hold in-person training sessions this Spring, I have  posted a new training module under the “Informational Links” section of this website.

I have also posted it here:

If you are new to the program, going through the module is mandatory

Since your observation data is what the program relies on for the annual report, it is important that you know what to look for.  I have included some information about Audubon Society of Rhode Island as well as the history of the program in case you find yourself in a conversation about the program.

If you find any grammatical errors or misinformation please feel free to email me at

Thank you again for supporting Osprey in Rhode Island!






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It’s Nest Assignment Time!

Hello everyone!

Don’t let the 10 degree weather fool you, the 2021 Osprey Monitoring season is just around the corner.

The first step of the process is for returning monitors to tell me which nest(s) they intend to cover this season.  Please send me an email listing the official name of each nest you can commit to monitoring.  Please do not say “same as last year”.  If you are unsure of the name, you can look it up on the map of nest sites.   Please be sure to send me your list by February 15th.   You can send the email to

After February 15th the list of remaining unmonitored nests will be published and the public (new monitors) will be invited to cover them (after their training and such).

Thank you all for a great 2020 season, and hopefully an even better 2021!


PS. Photo by Pelletier in Pawtucket!




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Post Your Observations & Final Observations

Hi Monitors!

Please be sure to post on the nests for August. If your nest remains active feel free to continue posting. A lot of activity happens in early August.

We will be reviewing the final activity through mid-September when we will compile the data and create the final report for the season. When you enter your final observation please summarize the information for that nest.

For example: Smith Nest: Season Summary: Nest Successful with 2 fledglings. OR Smith Nest: Season Summary: Nest Not Active, etc… Thank you!  Jon

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July Nest Activity Data

Monitors of the RI Osprey Monitoring program were hard at work throughout July!  The July observations show an astounding increase in fledglings observed across RI.   So astounding that  I had to go back and review the observations a second time just to be sure!
The document showing the observations for July has two tabs: Data and Calculations.  Be sure to check out both tabs!  The data spreadsheet shows the observational results, sorted by city and nest name.   The calculations spreadsheet shows analysis and trends of the data.
In the month of July, 210 nests across RI (and two cities in MA) were actively monitored and produced data.   Of these nests 173 were active and 159 were successful, producing 320 fledglings.  These numbers show a healthy increase in both the numbers of active nests and fledglings from previous years.
These great results would not have been observed and tracked if it was not for the hard work of all the monitors supporting the RI Osprey Monitoring program!
Thank you!
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IMPORTANT: This is the Time to Observe!

Photo by Silvia

Hi Monitors!

This is the time many of you have been waiting for: The chance to see fledglings take to the air and explore the area around their nests.   This is also the last chance for us to accurately count the number of fledglings from specific nests.  Once the fledglings start to explore beyond their nest territory they may visit other nearby nests.  When this happens we can no longer say for certain how many fledglings came from which nests.

So please be sure to visit the nests you have been monitoring today, tomorrow, as soon as possible!   Be conservative in your counts – make sure you know that the fledgling came from which specific nest.  If you cannot tell, then please make a note in your observation.

We are so very grateful for all your hard work and dedication since early Spring. This is the time when it is very important to make those observations.  IF you are unable to visit a nest, please reach out to us via or our Facebook page.

If you have extra time, check the NEst Activity Table for June and look at the list of “Unknown” nests.   There may be one or two you can check in on!

Thank you again,

Jon, Jess and Gary




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July Observations Due!

Hi Fellow Monitors,

What a crazy summer!  I am very excited to see the upcoming nest activity table showing your observations from July.   This is when we really get to see the ‘big picture’ regarding all the nests across the state and into parts of Mass.   I will be compiling the data starting this Friday the 7th, so please have your observations submitted before then.  If you are having issues with the submit data tab, you may send your highlights to me at

A special shout out to those monitors who jumped in to check on the nests with the ‘unknown’ status.   Your extra efforts are noted and greatly appreciated!!

Many thanks to ALL the monitors, as this program would not exist were it not for you.   See you on the trails, behind the mask!





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June Nest Activity Report

Greetings 2020 Monitors,

The nest activity report for the month of June has been completed (please see link below).  This data would not be available if not for the time you spend each week to observe and submit your data – Many Thanks!

June 2020 Nest Activity

Thank you also for submitting your observations in a timely manner – it certainly helps us create this report for everyone to see when the information is still fresh.

Unfortunately the number of nests with an “Unknown” status is extremely high at 93.  Despite the wonderful efforts of several of you to help “fill in the gaps” we still have many nests across the state that are unaccounted for.  If you have not yet submitted your data for these nests, please do so as soon as possible!  And if anyone is able to visit and submit observations on any of these nests, even as “just passing through”, that would be greatly appreciated!

Following is a summary of the Activity through the end of June.  If you have comments or questions please send them to

June Nest Activity

  • Total nests in database: 344
  • Historic nests: 22 (Not monitored)
  • No Nest Found: 22 (May be designated “Historic” next season)
  • Unknown Nests: 93
  • Housekeeping: 2
  • Not Active Nests: 43 (No breeding behavior observed)
  • Active Nests: 51  (Breeding behavior observed)
  • Successful Nests: 109
  • Nestlings Observed: 201

Thank you again for all of your hard work. The data in this list will be updated and presented again in early August, so be sure to enter your observations prior to August  5th.

See you on the trails,

Jon, Jess and Gary

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