It is with this post that the Audubon Society of Rhode Island announces the commencement of the 2018 Osprey Monitoring Program. After a successfully reflective report published in October quantifying population related findings of 2017, our organization is eager to begin planning for this year’s monitoring. Currently, program head Jon Scoones and the team are working to organize training sessions for new monitors that will be held mid March; a list of specific times and dates can be found below. Please remember to RSVP which training session you will be attending at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is helpful to review the Osprey Monitoring Guide prior to your chosen training session so that you can come prepared with any questions you may have! This document can be found to the right of our homepage under “Informational Resources”. If you have not done so already, please submit an official volunteer application through our website.
2018 Osprey Monitor Training Sessions
March 11 Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown 2:00 – 4:30 March 18 Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave, Seekonk, MA 10:00-12:00 March 18 Audubon Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 2:00-4:30 March 25 Audubon Education Center, 140 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 2:00-4:30
We are also preparing to distribute nests among volunteers. Please come to the training sessions with a certain nest in mind that you would be interested in monitoring throughout season – available nests can be viewed in our Google Maps page, located on the right of our homepage under “Informational Resources”, as well. Returning monitors have already been asked to report to Jon on whether or not they will continue monitoring their designated nests in 2017. Assigning yourself a nest(s) will allow us to properly cover as many nests as possible, offering more data to the study and thus resulting in a more accurate report for 2018. Note that this program also covers a small region in MA, and nests located in Seekonk and Swansea are available to monitor as well but will not be factored in to RI statistics at the end of the study. Please report nests with intent to monitor to Jon by April 15th, the official start of the monitoring season.
Lastly, my name is Lily and I am thrilled to be interning with Jon and the organization throughout this year’s monitoring program. Science has been a long term passion of mine, and I strongly believe that wildlife restoration and protection should be a focus within our community. I am a Bristol native, and student at URI pursuing a degree in Biology. My email is listed below, and I am available for discussion regarding the study at any time. Thanks!
I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the position of Refuge Manager at Audubon Rhode Island’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, in Seekonk, MA. (Although the refuge is in Mass., Audubon RI owns and manages the property.)
I will still be responsible for management of the RI Osprey Monitoring Program. Nothing changes on that front, except that I will need more help!
My primary job will be to build community support for this popular wildlife refuge that has not had a manager directly overseeing the property for six years. My transition from statewide Director of Volunteer Services to this new (for me) position will occur over the next several months so that I may assist with volunteer services moving from a statewide program to one that is more locally based.
While I am excited to begin a new chapter with Audubon, I am also saddened that I will no longer be interacting with each of you on a regular basis as I have in the past. I do hope to see many of you at the Caratunk Refuge for Maple Sugaring and other programs.
I have enjoyed working with you all over past five years. Together we have made many improvements to the volunteer program. Your time and efforts have made such a positive impact on Audubon and the public.
Naturally, there will be some changes to the volunteer program in the next couple of months. We are working to make the transition as smooth as possible and appreciate your patience during this time.
I wish you all the best and invite you to stop by Caratunk!
The goal of the Osprey monitor training sessions is to explain the program’s goals and processes to people interested in becoming an Osprey monitor. The program will introduce attendees to the program’s training guide and web page. During the training session attendees will learn about Osprey, the process of monitoring a nest and reporting the observations.
All new monitors are required to attend one training session. Returning monitors are not required to attend but frequently do as it is a good way to see old friends and catch up on the latest Osprey-related news. If you have already attended a training session and cannot make one of the following dates, be sure to visit the program website to learn about any changes to the program.
2018 Osprey Monitor Training Sessions
March 11 Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown 2:00 – 4:30
March 18 Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave, Seekonk, MA 10:00-12:00
March 18 Audubon Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 2:00-4:30
March 25 Audubon Education Center, 140 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 11:00-1:00
If you have preliminary questions about the program, please visit www.riosprey.info. Be sure to follow the link to the Training Guide.
Please RSVP to Jon Scoones at email@example.com so that we know how many materials to bring to each training session.
I am pleased to announce that the 2017 RI Osprey Monitoring Program Report has been completed! All of the volunteer monitors deserve a big THANK YOU for making this report possible!! To open the report click on the link in the “Osprey Program Reports” section.
I look forward to hearing your comments – please make them directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final version of the report is being reviewed and should be ready for posting next week! The number of monitors (110) and hours spent monitoring (1,340) were in line with last year’s numbers. In 2017 volunteers monitored 274 nests (264 in RI and 10 in MA). Of those nests 145 were deemed active, of which 121 were successful. Monitors observed 226 fledglings from the nests in RI and 21 fledglings from the nests in MA, for a total of 247 fledglings.
Remember the Partridge Family? Well you can watch “The Osprey Family” as they reunite, love, quarrel, eat and raise a family through a summer season in Barrington, Rhode Island.
This show is courtesy of the one of the smartest Osprey monitors I know: David Winsor. Why is he so smart? He has set up his video camera inside his house and is able to watch and record the antics of the Allin’s Cove Osprey family without leaving the comfort of his home!
Osprey present – check. Snacks – check. Bird ID book – check. Cold drink – check. Bunny slippers – check. Camera rolling – check!
David graciously takes the time to post his videos on YouTube so that we can all follow along. Just follow the link to the right labeled “Allin’s Cove Video Link” which will take you to YouTube to see all of his videos. Be sure to click on the red button to subscribe!
Thank you again for your time and dedication in observing your nest(s) every week – such diligence is wonderful ! But if you do not enter your observations in a timely manner all of your hard work is for naught!
Barbara Costa (long time volunteer monitor) and I review every single one of your entries at the end of each month and make a determination (nest status, fledglings, etc…) based on the observations we read. If your observations are not entered, then we are not making accurate determinations.
Please enter your observations by the end of each month so the determinations are up-to-date, and so that Barbara and I do not have to go back and review them all again!
Thank you again, and keep up the great work!!
American Welding, Female Taking Off, June 2014, by Laura Landen
Osprey monitor Jim O’Neil sent me several of his photos taken at nest sites on the east bay. I have included them as links under “Osprey Links”, identified by the nest name. I am sorry that I did not have time to compile and label each one, but they are categorized by location. Most were taken in the April – June time period.
Following are links in case you want to follow Jim and his great photos. I especially like the series from the Colt State Park Platform Nest showing the competition between Osprey.