Osprey Monitor Orientation – This Sunday!!

The first Osprey Monitor Orientation for the 2023 season will take place this Sunday the 12th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Audubon’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge.  We will review the duties of a monitor, show some tips and tricks for monitoring, and present some of 2022’s observation data.

If you cannot make it this Sunday, we will be offering orientation sessions on 2 additional days:

February 26 at Audubon RI’s Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol from 12-3

March 5th at the South Kingstown Land Trusts Barn in South Kingstown from 12-3

All new monitors are required to attend an orientation session.   If you have already gone through a training session you are not required to attend another one.  But we would love to see you and hear your suggestions for improvement!




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Orientation for the 2023 Monitoring Season

Hello monitors,

The 2023 orientation sessions are nearly upon us.  As usual, if you have already attended a session in the past, you do not have to attend another one – however we would love to see you!  If you do plan on coming, please send a note to me at: rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com

The session dates, times and locations are as follows:

February 12: Caratunk Wildlife Refuge 301 Brown Ave in Seekonk, MA  12pm – 3pm

February 26: Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium 1401 Hope Street in Bristol, RI 12pm – 3pm

March 5: South Kingstown Land Trust Barn 17 Matunuck Beach Road in Wakefield, RI 12pm – 3pm

As we are on need of more monitors, please put the word out !

Thank you, and I hope to see you at one of the sessions.



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End of Season Round Up

Hi monitors!

Thank you so much for another great year of monitoring Osprey nests throughout Rhode Island and into Massachusetts.  I am starting to compile all the data that you have spent your time to gather and upload – thank you!

If you have not yet uploaded all of your observations, including your year-end synopsis for each nest that you monitored, please do so now.  I will close the system on October 22nd and it would be great to have all of your information before then.

I plan on completing the annual report in November and will release it as soon as possible.  I have planned an Osprey program at 1 on Sunday, November 13th to review this past season, as well as the program in general.  This event is open to the public, including all of you!  I hope to see you there, since you all provided the data!

Thank you again for all of your hard work this summer.

Bes t regards,





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2022 Osprey Monitor Nest List !

Warwick, May 2019 Photo by Claire G.

Hello Monitors!

Thank you all SO much for your patience.   Following is a link to the  2022 Osprey Monitor Nest List.   Please click on the link and take a look.     I will also post a link in the Informational Resources section of the website.


Please bear in mind the following:

  1. This list is NOT complete.  I am waiting on input and confirmation from several folks.  And as you will see, several nests do not have monitors.
  2. In a addition, I am sure that there are some initial errors and omissions.  Fortunately it is fairly easy to fix these listings.
  3. If you are not listed, or there is a problem, please contact me via email at rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com with the corrections.
  4. Likewise if you want to change nests or take on additional nests 🙂

I have just added several nests to both the map and the submit data site.  Please take a look and email me with any corrections or additions.

Thank you again – the program could not exist without your participation!

Best regards,





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2021 Rhode Island Osprey Report

The report covering the 2021 season has been completed.  A link to the Osprey Report 2021 may be found in the Osprey Monitoring Program Reports section.  This report is a snapshot in time, reflecting the available data at the end of the season.   Approximately 2,500 observations were submitted, the results of which are included in the report.  Please contact Jon at rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com with any questions.

Photo: Gary Carlson


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Article RE: Car Badge for Osprey Monitors

Hi monitors,

I have just posted a document that you can place on your dashboard while monitoring Osprey.   A link to the “badge” may be found in the Osprey Links section of this website.

This “badge” does not provide any special rights or access.  It is only intended to relay to interested folks that you are monitoring a nearby Osprey nest(s).  Perhaps the document will spark a conversation and inspire another person to sign up and monitor!

Many thanks to your fellow monitor Elliott, for creating the design and document.

Thank you all,






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Clarification & Update

Hi Monitors!

Looking for the list of nests with an “Unknown” status?   Please do not look under the “Recent Posts” heading.  The items listed under that heading are just the titles of the recent posts…. like the name suggests!

If you are looking for Informational resources or links to Osprey-related information, you have to look under the appropriate headings on the right side of the page.   I hope that this helps!


Nest Assignments: I am working though all of the nest assignments, but am still waiting on a few folks.  If you have not sent me your preferences, please do so NOW!  I will be publishing a list of nest sites and monitors in the next few days.  Thanks for your patience.

Access to Submit Data: I need to add all the new monitors to this database.  I hope to do that tomorrow.

Access to the closed facebook group – please send me a request in FB to join the group. I will then approve your request.

Know of nest sites not in the Submit Data or on the Maps?  We are in the process of updating  those lists.  Feel free to send me a reminder!  Thanks for your patience.

Remember, please send your Osprey-related emails to rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com

Thank you!






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Osprey Monitoring Observation Sheet

Hi monitors!

I have attached a link to a new Osprey Monitoring Observation Sheet 2022 in the Informational Resources section of this site.  This form may be downloaded / printed and used in the field.  It can also be used to submit your observational information to me if you cannot use the website.  (Just attach the form to an email and send it to rhodeislandosprey@gmail.org)  Submitting your observational information through the website is preferred.

I hope that it helps!



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Unknown Nest List From 2021

Hello new and returning Osprey monitors!

The 2022 season is just around the corner so it is time to greet everyone and review the administrative portion of the program!

2021 Annual Report:  The report is nearly done.   It will be published here upon its completion.

Request for help:    We had 63 nests that were either not reported on, or the reporting was curtailed too soon for us to determine the breeding information.    It would be helpful if returning monitors would follow the link to the list of unknown nests  get back to me if any of the the listings should be changed.  (I.e. Unknown to Active,  or Unknown to Successful with 2 fledglings.)   The link is located  in the Links section of this site: Unknown Nests in 2021

Training for the 2022 Season:  Training classes have been conducted.  The training PowerPoint may be found in the Informational Resources section.  If you meet someone who is interested in becoming a monitor, please have them email me (Jon) at rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com   The program can certainly use more monitors!

Nest Assignments:  I am currently working on nests assignments.   Returning monitors should send me a list of the nests they will cover in 2022 ASAP.  Please send me the nest names and NOT “same as last year”.   Thank you!   New monitors should send me a list of the nests they would like to cover ASAP as well.   I plan on getting back to everyone next week,

Submitting Data-New Option:  The preferred method for submitting data is via the “submit data” tab on the website.  If you find this too difficult, then please send me your observation data on a spreadsheet attached to an email.  This should be done bi-weekly.   The template spreadsheet will be posted on the website later this week.

Please check this site for updates on a weekly basis.

Thank you all, and I look forward to seeing you on the trails!



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Osprey Monitor Training Dates

Warwick, May 2019 Photo by Claire G.

Osprey Monitor Training sessions will be held on three dates ahead of the 2022 season:





February 6 from 12:00 to 3:00pm at Audubon’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge.  301 Brown Ave, Seekonk, MA

February 13 from 12:00 to 3:00pm at Audubon’s Nature Center & Aquarium at 1401 Hope Street in Bristol, RI

February 17 from 5:30 to 8:00pm at 1E Farm Road in Kingston, RI

All existing monitors must have attended a training session within the past 3 years.  If you are a new monitor it is required that you attend one training session.

This year’s training sessions will cover the following topics:

  1. Natural history of Osprey: Appearance, Behaviors, Range, etc…
  2. History of Osprey in Rhode Island
  3. History of the Monitoring program
  4. The role of the monitor – Expectations
  5. Submitting your observations – this year I will introduce an alternative way to submit your observations.
  6. Review of the 2021 season – Preview of the 2021 annual Osprey monitoring report

Please pre-register if possible (go to asri.doubleknot.com/event/calendar/2741).  Walk-ins will be welcome.  All attendees must wear a mask.

Thank you for you interest in supporting the program and helping Osprey!



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