I’m back from FLA where the Osprey still nest in trees but the Manatees are the favorites!
I have been reading all of your emails and am working hard to make the updates on the nest assignment list and add the new nests. Thank you all so much for your dedication!
Just a quick note: Jon will be out of the office until April 24th. He’ll respond to all messages when he returns. He appreciates your patience with the delay in replies!
I just finished adding all the new names and email addresses to the SUBMIT DATA portion of the site. If you are unable to access the tab using your email address please email me directly. Sometimes I am unable to read handwriting, and sometimes lisdexia creeps in.
Thank you again for your participation!
Based on all of your input I am continuing to update the nest assignement sheet. As in previous years there will be some tweaking into April. Thank you for your patience, and for helping to improve the program.
I hope that you are enjoying the FaceBook Group that Jessica put together!
Happy Spring Equinox, everyone! We have great news- the osprey have arrived along with Spring!!! Gary spotted his first osprey of the season on the Jamestown bridge, perched atop a street light. He crossed the bridge multiple times in order to get these great photos. It is wonderful to see these majestic raptors returning to Rhode Island, and we are hopeful for a healthy and growing population this year. Soon nest building will commence, and chicks are on the horizon! Jon is hard at work completing the nest assignments; this bird may be from one of your nests!
We have a new Facebook Group just for our Osprey Monitoring Project volunteers! If you are on Facebook and would like to join the group, please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is a private group page, designed to help us all communicate with each other more easily throughout the season. You can post photos, videos, news about your nests, and any other fun osprey-related stuff you’d like to share! It would be a great place to organize support for downed nests too.
Note that we’ll still be posting public updates about the project to our main website (riosprey.info), and you’ll still go to this site to report your data. We plan to use the Facebook group for more interactive and informal news, and to facilitate communication within the volunteer team. We hope you’ll enjoy sharing your adventures in the field with everyone! Thank you all so much! Looking forward to a great season!
The administrative side of the Osprey Monitoring program is fortunate to have help from two volunteers for the 2019 season. Jessica will be improving the data side of things, as well as some of the social media. We are still thinking of a cool title for her!
Gary (long-time monitior) has signed on as Program Assistant and will focus on fieldwork, photos and using his creativity to improve the program for monitors. Gary has already been a strong supporter of the program, covering unreported nests, heading up to the NE Osprey Symposium, and participating at training sessions.
Please join me in thanking Jessica and Gary for their help!
Hi new monitors!
Thank you very much for your interest in supporting Audubon’s RI Osprey Monitoring Program. This program is volunteer-based and would not survive without your support.
If you have not yet attended one of our training sessions, please do so. Attendance at one session is required to join the program. A list of the upcoming dates and sites is below.
Since you will be spending 30+ hours this summer observing a nest, many people are very particular about which nest(s) they want to monitor. We understand that you may be interested in a specific nest or geographic area and will do our best to meet your interest.
Following is an outline of the nest assignment process for 2019:
- Returning monitors can “claim” their nest from last year by emailing me by 3/15.
- New monitors – please attend one training session (see below for dates and times)
- A list of “open” nests will be posted and sent to monitors on 3/18. The deadline for submission is 3/25. Please request a nest by emailing Jon at email@example.com. First-come basis. Please include “Nest Choice” in the subject line.
- Final nest assignments will be circulated by 4/1.
If you have any questions please feel free to send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again!