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…
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:
March 8 at the U.S. Fish & Games Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown
March 15th at Audubon’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol
March 22nd at Audubon’s headquarters in Smithfield.
Please contact me for details and to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org OR 401-949-5454 x3044.
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!
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: