Osprey PhotosWarwickMay 2019, Photo by Claire G.Netop Ct (Warwick)August 2019, Photo by Therese Z.Misquamicut (Westerly)April 2019, Photo by David A.Fort Getty (Jamestown)April 2019, Photo by John A.Fort Getty (Jamestown)April 2019, Photo by John A.Marsh Meadows (Jamestown)April 2019, Photo by John A.Marsh Meadows (Jamestown)June, 2019, Photo by John A.Block IslandJuly 2019, Photo by Christine B.Mill Cove (N Kingstown)Sept 2019, Photo by Christine B.Ryan Park (N Kingstown)July 2019, Photo by Christine B.White Rock Rd (Westerly)April 2019, Photo by Maura B.White Rock Rd (Westerly)June 2019, Photo by Maura B.Mt Hope High School (Bristol)April 2019, Photo by Julie B.North KingstownApril 2019, Photo by Gary C.Galilee (Narragansett)April 2019, Photo by Gary C.JamestownApril 2019, Photo by Gwen E.Sprague Bridge (Narragansett)June 2019, Photo by Gwen E.Fox Fill Salt Marsh (Jamestown)Sept 2019, Photo by Debra E.Bend St (Warwick)April 2019, Photo by Claire G.PawtucketSept 2019, Photo by Ron & Jean P.PawtucketMar 2019, Photo by Ron & Jean P.Netop Ct (Warwick)July 2019, Photo by Reed P.Salt Pond Plaza (Narragansett)June 2019, Photo by Susan S.Turano Breach Dr (Winnapaug)August 2019, Photo by Bonnie T.Jepson Rd Nest (Portsmouth)June 2019, Photo by Tami V.PawtucketJuly 2019, Photo by Jean W.Ryan Park (N Kingstown)April 2019, Photo by Eliot W.
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!
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!
Osprey Luncheon Update:
To RSVP please email “Yay” or “nay” to email@example.com.
We are hosting the luncheon as a result of the interest mentioned by monitors over the years. So this luncheon is for YOU! 🙂
If luncheons are not your thing, that is fine as well. But if you want to get together with your peers in a casual environment, enjoy some laughs and offer ideas for improving the program, then come on by! Just remember to RSVP. No need to bring anything if you don’t want to. This is a no pressure get-together! Jon Scoones
End of Season Osprey Monitor Party!!!
Location: Audubon RI’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Food: Potluck- please bring your favorite dish to share! (Flatware, cups, and drinks provided)
Agenda: Meet and greet fellow monitors, review the year in numbers and photos, share ideas for improvement for next year… We hope to see you there!!!
The Updated Nest Activity Table for July is now available!
If you have not yet submitted your July data, please do so asap via the Submit Data link above, so this table can be updated.
Also, please do feel free to visit any of the nests without a listed monitor, so we can obtain some data on these unmonitored nests.
Thank you all so much for all of your time and dedication!
Thank you for what looks to have been a very busy July on everyone’s part!
We just finished reviewing the observations for July and have updated the 2019 Nest Activity Table. After we give it a final review a link to the table will be posted on both the www.riosprey.info website and in the riosprey facebook group.
A tentative summary for observations through JULY follows. Please remember that these numbers are not cast in stone and that the numbers for AUGUST have not been included.
Historic Nests (HN): Those with no nest for the past 2+ years: 38
No Nest (NN) this year: 16 Some of these nests may become HN next year
Unknown (U) status: 87 This is a very high number and reflects a couple of trends – nests not being monitored (so no observations) and nests that may have been monitored but the observations have not been posted.
Not Active (NA) Nests without any observed BREEDING activity: 48
Housekeeping (H) Nests with truncated breeding activity: 3
Active (A) Nests in which breeding activity was observed: 108
- Successful (S) Active nest that produced a fledgling(s): 105 This number is a subset of Active nests.
- Estimated # of Fledglings through July: 187
The season is almost over!! Please submit your data for August by the 7th of September. Feel free to check out any “U” listed nests for any activity and or fledglings.
Thank you again!
Jon, Jessica and Gary
Please Note: Unfortunately, the osprey lecture for tomorrow evening at the Audubon Center in Bristol has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
Hi Osprey Monitors,
Greetings from Jon, Jessica and Gary! Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Osprey in RI. We are always trying to improve the program behind the scenes and have a few updates to share with you.
- Contacting us – In order to ensure a prompt and accurate response, please use the following address when contacting us with questions, concerns, corrections, etc: RhodeIslandOsprey@gmail.com. Using this email address will ensure that your note is not lost or forgotten and is responded to quickly.
- New Nests – In recognition that new nests have not been added as quickly as they should be, Gary has volunteered to visit and map the new nests so they can then be included in the Submit Data system, allowing you to report your findings! There are two ways to submit new nests:
- Use the tab on the website – it will go directly to Jon’s email
- Send an email with the relevant information to RhodeIslandOsprey@gmail.com address. Please put “New Nest” in the title line.
Feedback – Along with fixing the issues we discovered, we are considering making some upgrades to the website, map and the process for submitting observation data. Before we do anything we would love to hear your feedback on the following topics:
Website – Bear in mind that the www.riosprey.info website is the program’s outward facing link to the public. (The facebook group is the inward facing platform where only Monitors (and us) can “talk” amongst ourselves.)
- Does the website serve its purpose? What (reasonable) changes would you like to see?
- Map of nest sites – Does the map serve its purpose? What (reasonable) changes would you like to see? Would you like to see it linked to other applications? Would you like to see additional layers of the map showing active versus inactive nests (by color) or monitored versus not monitored sites?
- Submit Data tab – How is this working for you? Would you like to see us make some changes… perhaps switch to a google docs platform? What wording or changes would improve the process of inputting your observation data?
- Raptor Weekend – Call for monitors to staff the Osprey table! This annual event is a great opportunity to see a variety of raptors up close and personal! The event is held at Audubon’s Wildlife Refuge in Bristol, on the bay! For the past few years Osprey Monitors have been staffing a table dedicated to the Osprey Monitoring program. It is best to have at least two volunteers in the AM shift, and two for the PM shift on both Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers who work both AM and PM shifts and register with Jon through RhodeIslandOsprey@gmail.com will receive a free lunch. Otherwise snacks will be provided. Shifts are roughly 8:30-12:30 and 12:30-4:00 Please respond to the program website, attention Jon, if you are interested or have additional questions.
- Volunteer Luncheon – Audubon Society of Rhode Island invites you to attend a luncheon in honor of you – citizen science volunteers who support conservation in the Ocean State. The luncheon will be held at Audubon’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge at 301 Brown Avenue in Seekonk, RI on September 21st exact times to be determined but around lunchtime. Please save the date! More details will be forthcoming.
Thank you again for all the skill and hard work you devote to the RI Osprey Monitoring program!
Jon, Jessica and Gary
A quick note to reiterate the nest status classifications as defined in this program. We do our best to understand what you are relaying in your observations and then make conservative assessments based on them. At this time of year you should be seeing the adults and juveniles in/around the nest and differentiating between the two. It is important to get a good count now because it becomes more difficult to tell the difference between adultss and fledlings as the summer progresses.
This program is especially interested in the number of fledglings from each nest. A fledgling has flight feathers (as opposed to downy) and is capable of flying (fledging) and independent survival. This time of year is the transition period when the juveniles have their flight feathers and are starting to fly.
NEST STATUS CODES
S = Successful, meaning fledglings have been observed. Hopefully flying, and certainly robust and with flight feathers. This does not include the flightless nestlings seen earlier in the season. Typically a status of “A” changes to “S” in July when the fledgling count is more certain (some nestlings do not make it).
A = Active, meaning breeding behavior and/or downy chicks/nestlings have been observed.
NA = Not Actve, meaning no breeding behavior was observed. Osprey could have been present at the nest, but no nest building, copulation, incubation or chicks were observed.
UNK = Unknown, meaning the nest status is unclear. This could be the result of a couple situations: No observations were provided, OR Observations were provided but no clear/certain behaviors to indicate breeding, or no breeding. UNK is typical early in the season, and with nests that are difficult to see, such as cell towers. A nest can be UNK until mid July when suddenly nestlings are large enough to see over the nest, on the nest, or in flight (fledging).
H = Housekeeping, meaning some basic breeding behavior was observed but the nest was abandoned. This is typically seen with juveniles. Sometimes it may be the case that the pair has left the nest due to a threat of some sort.
NN = No Nest, meaning just that – no nest was present at the site. Perhaps a bare pole is visible.
HN = Historic Nest, meaning there has not been a nest, or any Osprey, at the location for a few years. It is important to continue tracking these nests and checking on them as sometimes the nest is resettled.
Thank you again for all your hard work!
Jon, Jessica and Gary
It is wonderful to hear all of your nest updates and especially about the fledglings starting to fly! Summer too seems to be flying by, but we are trying to catch up, especially by updating our nest listing map and database to include new nests that were either discovered this year or inadvertently omitted in previous years. Below are those that we are planning to add… please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of any other nests that need to be included. Thank you so much for all that you do to help the program and the osprey- it is very much appreciated!!!
-Riverpoint Park, Hay St. Off Rt 33 Providence St., West Warwick
-Exxon Nest 5: Vanity Fair
-Exxon Nest 6: Runnins River
-Route 4 & 95 Split
-Eldredge Field, East Greenwich
-20 Pond St, North Kingstown