Many thanks to all of you who attended any of the three orientation/ training sessions we conducted over the past month. Nearly 70 people attended the sessions, approximately 2/3 of whom are new to the program!
So now that we have both returning and new monitors getting excited over reports of returning Osprey, let’s review the next steps:
Map: The map will be updated over the next month. The goal is to create separate versions sorted by town; active versus not-active; monitored assigned or not; and to color code the pins accordingly, etc… We have a wonderful intern (Keelyn) who will be heading up this project.
Nest Assignments: I think I have heard from all the returning monitors about their choices and have all the information from the new monitors. This week and into next we will be compiling the data and reaching out to all of you to confirm nest assignments for 2017. Please be patient as we go through this process – we have time until the bulk of the birds have returned!
Submitting Data – New Monitors – Later this week we will be adding your email addresses to the site so that you are able to submit your observations. Once the process has been completed I will post a note on this site.
Submitting Data – Returning Monitors – If your email has changed, please send me the new one so that I may update the site. If you are not sure which email I have, just try to enter some test data.
Behavior Identification: This season I will be working with another intern (Rachel) to post pictures and information showing what to look for when observing an Osprey nest. We welcome your photos showing us clear behaviors and different scenarios.
Volunteer Applications: Please be sure to complete one of our Audubon Volunteer Applications. The link is located at the top of the home page. It is good for us to have your contact information, emergency contact information and to know more about you in the context of volunteering. Through the submit data portion of the site we track the amount of time you spend in the field, which helps us show support for the program, for Audubon, and for support of Nature in general.
Thank you again for supporting the program – I look forward to seeing you in the field!
Photo by George Cunha