Late March Update

Hi everyone!

Thank you SO much for your patience as we start the season while switching to a new system.  Not our preference but we are muddling through!

So hats off to Jess for keeping the system afloat: responding to your queries, updating the system, posting information and much more.   Hats off to Gary as well for updating the map regarding nests and responding to questions as well.

As most of you know, the old system was 10 years old (in computer years that’s like dog years x 7) and in dire need of replacement.  In walked Jess who has been moving the system to Google Docs in an effort to make the system more sustainable.  The changes have also made the back-of-house management much easier (no one cares about back=-of house stuff ;-))and we are able to make most changes without going out-of-house.   Some of you may remember Eric, the original architect of the program… well he moved to Idaho a while back and is quite busy obtaining his PhD.  So Jess has stepped up as a volunteer and has been wonderful!

The team (Jess, Gary and I) will continue to read your suggestions and make changes to the observation form and other areas.  We have a few in the pipeline and just need more hours in the day!

Thank you again for your patience.

I hope to see you on the trails!








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Osprey Monitoring Program featured in The Providence Journal!

We are very happy to announce that the Osprey Monitoring Program was featured in an article about osprey in the latest edition of the Providence Journal, including an interview with Jon Scoones, our program manager, and photos taken by our own dedicated volunteer and wildlife photographer, Gary Carlson!

Link to Article

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2020 Preliminary Osprey Nest Assignments

Greetings 2020 Osprey Monitors!

I am so sorry this is a week late, but we are doing so many new things with the program that it took a little while longer than I expected.

Below is a link to the PRELIMINARY 2020 Nest Assignment List.  It is preliminary because it only includes names from those monitors who gave me their preferred nest sites or geographic areas.  It seems there was some confusion about this, so several monitors have not yet been assigned nests.

This is easy to remedy, if you do not see your name on the list, just send an email with your name, town you live in, and preferred nest site to   Once I have received your preferred nest site I will update the list and we will republish it in about a week.    Using the map of nest sites should help you find a nest near you.   A link to the map is on the website at

I am sure that there are some errors on the list, so if you find any please bring them to our attention by sending an email to   If you want to give up nest, or pick up a different one, just send a note to the same address.

Thank you for your patience and willingness to support the program!

And by the way, two Osprey have been sighted in Rhode Island, so dust off your binoculars!  When you are ready to start reporting observations on your nest(s), you can access the Data Submission form on the website ( under “Submit Data”. You can log into the form by entering your email address. Please don’t forget to include latitude/longitude and directions to the nest, in the notes on your first submission!

Preliminary 2020 Osprey Nest Assignment List

Best regards,


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2019 Osprey Monitoring Report Now Available!

The official report covering the 2019 season is now complete and available for review!  This report contains the final status for all of the monitored nests, as well as important info about the upcoming 2020 season.  The 2019 report, as well as previous years’ reports, are linked in the sidebar of this site, under “Osprey Monitoring Program Reports”.

Thank you all so much- the report and all of the nest observations wouldn’t be possible without your hard work and dedication to the program!

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Osprey Training Begins Sunday!

Training for the 2020 Osprey monitoring season begins on Sunday.   During these sessions we will cover the NEW submittal form and changes to the map.  We will also cover the traditional aspects of the monitoring process.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions and catching up.

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; February 2, 2020; 12:00-3:00 pm. 

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; February 9, 2020; 12:00-3:00 pm. 

URI’s East Farm, 14 East Farm Rd, Kingston, Rhode Island; February 23, 2020; 1:00-3:00 pm.


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2020 Osprey Monitor Registration

Photo by Ross G., Upper Narrow River, May 2017

Greetings Monitors!

Thank you again for all of your hard work last season!   Can you believe its time to start getting ready for the 2020 season!?!

If you plan on participating this season (and we hope that you do), please complete the following form, in order to register your contact info and (for returning monitors) your preferred nests.

Please complete by February 1st.

Thank you very much, and I look forward to seeing you soon.


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Monitor Training Sessions: Starting in February

Photo by Maura B., White Rock Rd, Westerly, April 2019

Hi everyone!

We cannot believe that it is time for Osprey Monitor training already!  We are very excited, but without much of a winter to date it seems like just yesterday we were all standing around tall poles with our binoculars pointed skyward!

For those folks who are new to the program, since 1977, the Osprey Monitoring program has carefully tracked the Osprey population in Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts as it recovered from the detrimental effects of pesticides. Attend this free two-hour training session to learn about the program and how to become a monitor. Attendees should be over 18, have binoculars or a spotting scope and have access to a computer.

All NEW monitors are required to attend a training session before joining the program.  Returning monitors are encouraged (but not required) to attend a training session.

Training Session Dates, Times and Locations:

RSVPs requested but not required.  Please respond to Jon at

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; February 2, 2020; 12:00-3:00 pm. 

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; February 9, 2020; 12:00-3:00 pm. 

URI’s East Farm, 14 East Farm Rd, Kingston, Rhode Island; February 23, 2020; 1:00-3:00 pm. 

We look forward to seeing you all at one of the training sessions and catching up.   We will be distributing the 2019 Osprey Monitoring Report at the sessions.

See you soon,

Jess, Gary and Jon



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Season’s Greetings!!!

Wishing all of our Osprey Monitors and Volunteers a joyful, peaceful holiday season, and a very Happy New Year!!!  The osprey are currently enjoying the warm southern weather for the winter, but will soon be heading back to Rhode Island, rebuilding their nests and getting ready to raise chicks!  We are so grateful for all of your help and dedication to the program, and look forward to seeing you (and the osprey!) again in the Spring!

-Jess, Jon, & Gary

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Osprey Monitor Luncheon Cancelled

Hi everyone, and thank you for signing up to attend the luncheon.   Unfortunately we only had a handful of folks that were able to come, so we have canceled the luncheon.  There were many factors at play, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
That said, we are already planning on have a luncheon in the Spring to help us kick off the 2020 season!   We will provide more information way in advance so we can get on everyone’s calendars!   Who knew how busy everyone is in September!!
Thank you again for all your support, and all the best!
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Observations & Light Luncheon

Hi monitors!

It is bittersweet, but the end of the season is upon us.  Although I saw two fledglings Osprey overhead at Touisset the other day, the adults and most of the fledglings are heading south.   At this point it becomes difficult to count the fledglings and determine which nest they are from, so making accurate observations regarding the nest activty wanes in favor of just watching!

Regarding observations, I am in the process of updating the database with your observations made in August, and for the season. Soooo, if you have not yet entered your observations for August please do so as soon as possible in order to have tour data captured for the season and the annual report.

Given the end of the season, we are planning a potluck luncheon on September 29 from 1:00 – 3:00.   See details below.   Audubon will provide some food, but we are hoping that you will bring some as well.   A list of ideas will be posted here in the next couple of days.

I hope to see you all at the luncheon!







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