Nest Assignment Table

Hi Monitors,

It appears that some of the “active, inactive” designations on the Nest Assignment Table are incorrect.  I will be looking them over tomorrow and making repairs.

Please note that the designations have specific definitions, which are included below.  These designations are based on observations from the end of the 2016 season.  During the winter some changes may have occurred to the nest site in question.

Historic Nest Sites = A site that once had a nest but has not for more than three years.  These sites are no longer actively monitored. Audubon RI volunteers do check on them each year.

Insufficient Data = A site that was either not monitored, or was monitored but the observations did not provide enough data to make any conclusions.

Inactive = No nesting behavior was observed.  Visitors may have come and gone, but no nesting, mating or incubation.

Housekeeping = Osprey were observed at the nest but the nest was incomplete or no incubation behavior was observed.  Frequently the nest is abandoned partway through the season.

Active = Mating and/or incubation behavior was observed.

Successful = Fledgling(s) observed at the nest.  This category is a subset of “Active” nests.

Fledglings = young birds with flight feathers.

I hope that the above information helps as you make observations and submit your findings!

Jon Scoones

April, 2017  David Briggs


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Osprey Reports

Hi everyone!

Due to our change in computer servers the link to the 2015 Osprey Report has failed.  It should be repaired tomorrow.   Thanks to everyone who told me!   If you encounter other “broken” links please be sure to tell me.

Jon Scoones

Wilson Park, April 2017  Gary C.

Interloper approaching nest.  Gary saw a silver band on the left leg!

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Instructions for Entering Osprey Observations

Hello Osprey Monitors!
For those of you who are new to the monitoring program, here are some instructions on how to submit data! Hope it is helpful!


Instructions on Entering Data

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Nest Assignment Status

Welcome 2017 Osprey Monitors!

This year we were beset with a couple of computer problems that I think are behind us.  Sadly I had to change the sign up process to compensate, but i think it will all work out in the end!

Currently everyone (veteran monitors and new monitors who attended a workshop) have their email addresses entered into the submit data portion of the website.  This means you should all be able to submit your observations.  If you are not able to do so please send me an email.

All new monitors should have received targeted lists of sites from which to pick a nest or two to monitor.  If you have not returned your nest choices to me please do so ASAP.  I believe all the veteran monitors are set, but once the master list is published feel free to contact me to correct any errors.

On Monday I plan to post the entire list of nest sites and the assigned monitors as a link on this site.  Please review the document and get back to me at your earliest with any revisions.

Next Wednesday (and on subsequent Wednesdays) we will update the various maps – so if you have edits for them, please send them to me.

Please continue to send in your photos – they are wonderful!   They will be posted on Wednesdays for the most part.  If you do not want them to be used in the public domain please tell me.

All the best, and cheers to a action-filled 2017 Osprey Monitoring season!!


Please note that I typically work a Sunday – Thursday schedule.

Elliot Waterman.  Location and date Unknown

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Electronic Monitoring Form

Many thanks to Jean Whatley for the new Excel monitoring form – works like a champ! Follow the link in the Informational Resources section.


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OK to Submit Data

Hi everyone!
I just finished entering everyone’s emails into the system. So now if you have observations to enter just click on the submit data tab and use your email to gain access. If you run into a glitch please contact me. Sometimes I could not read handwriting and had to guess!


M Brady Ryan Park 2017

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Welcome Krystyna !

We are fortunate to have a new intern (Krystyna) who has already been busy  adding new versions of maps, compiling and adding photos, and adding posts.

So if you have ideas for useful tools, or see where revisions need to be made to the maps, please send me your thoughts and I will forward them to Krystyna.

Thank you,  Jon


Audubon Center in Bristol by G. Cunha

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New Maps Added!

Please note that the map of nests has been updated, and two new maps have been added to the website! They color-code the nests by town and by activity in the nest. Hopefully they will help you see where the Ospreys are located and which nests have activity in them! If you see any errors please feel free to email and we will fix the mistake.

Hope you find the maps helpful!


Dr. Brain Marnoch

Photo by Dr. Brian Marnoch

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Osprey Monitoring: Next Steps

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

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Start of the Season!

I have been receiving reports of returning Osprey being sighted!!

As we have done in previous years, the first person to send me a (clear, definitive) photo of a 2017 returning Osprey will win a free Audubon t-shirt!  Please send your photo as an attachment to me at

And of course, we love receiving your Osprey-related photos throughout the year.  I will post your photo on this site and may use it in reports and/or presentations.  Your approval is implied unless you ask me specifically not to share it.

Here’s to a new season!

1st Photo received of Osprey returning for 2015 season!  Spotted on 3/23/2015 over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, vicinity of Lake Tiogue by Bryan W.

1st Photo received of Osprey returning for 2015 season! Spotted on 3/23/2015 over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, vicinity of Lake Tiogue by Bryan W.




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