Eric and I will be reviewing all your hard-earned data this week and next with the goal of completing our assessments by the end of next week. The final counts will be be compiled and Eric will place them into the 2014 Osprey Report – basically the State of the Osprey for Rhode Island. We will be looking through your data to see such data as the number of pairs, number of active nests, and number of fledglings.
Since we will begin our review tomorrow, it would be great to have any last sightings or information added to the database by noon tomorrow (Wednesday October 15th). Once the data has been compiled we will be sure to share it with all of you first!
On behalf of Eric and myself, thank you very much for all your dedication to the program this year! Obviously we could not monitor over 200 nests and gather reliable data to be used in this important citizen scientist program. We look forward to 2015 and will be contact you about nest assignments in February.
I hope that everyone’s spring observations went well and that you are all set for a summer of wonderful monitoring! Following are some important housekeeping notes:
1) Please remember to submit your data online – we are missing observations for several nests. If the nest is inactive, just give us a quick note via email. If the on-line system is not working for you please drop us a line. You can also send your hard copies to us and we will input the data if necessary.
2) As a reminder, your email address serves as your username.
3) Regarding hard copies (your observation notes) please snail mail them to us – either monthly or at the end. We need to have the paper copies by the end of the August.
4) We love to hear about new nests – please click on the link on the web page and/or send us the information. Pictures are great.
5) Inactive or non-existent nests – Please keep us updated so that database can be as accurate as possible.
6) HAVE FUN! Bring a friend or family member with you. Observations are a great time to relax and enjoy nature. Some monitors take a snack, read a book, practice their photography and bird identification or just enjoy getting away from the computer…
Kristen L. spotted a new new nest behind the Thayer Arena and near tennis courts and a baseball field in Warwick. Thanks for the update, and for monitoring the nest, Kristen! Following is a link until we update the map on www.riosprey.info: