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!
Audubon Society of Rhode Island