Link to May Nest List


Hello Monitors,

In the previous post we shared some highlights from your observations over the past month.   If you are interested in seeing the entire “big” picture, there is a link to the May 2020 Osprey Nest List in the Informational Resources section of this page.

We also shared some definitions of terms that everyone should look through so that we are all on the same page!

Thank you again for supporting the program – we could not do it without all of you!

J, J & G




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May Nest List & Definitions

Warwick, May 2019 Photo by Claire G.

Hello Monitors!

Thank you all for a great first couple of months. We know it has been a bit crazy with the new system, forms and such, but here we are knee-deep in another season! Following is a status report of your hard work through May 9th.

While reviewing all of the observations, including field notes, we noticed that some of the terms are not being used on a consistent basis. In order to capture accurate data that can be compared across previous decades of observations, we all need to be using the same definitions for what we observe in the field.

Please review the following definitions. If you are confused, please send us an email. It is very important that our collective reporting is consistent.

· No Nest = There is no structure or nest at the location

· Historic Nest = A nest that has not been Active in a few years. There may, or may not, be a nest or structure. (So far this season, three nests previously labeled as Historic have shown activity!) The label of “Historic” is determined at the end of each year.

· Breeding Activity = One of more of the following: Nest building, copulation, incubation, male providing food to nest and leaving, female feeding chicks, nestlings, fledglings

· Not Active = No Breeding Activity (see above) was observed. Osprey may have been present at or near the nest, however no breeding activity was witnessed during the observation period.

· Active = One or more elements of Breeding Activity (see above) was observed. In this program the term “Active” does not mean Osprey were present at the nest. Some element of Breeding Activity must have been observed to call the nest “Active”. This can seem a little counter-intuitive.

· Unknown = You could not figure out what you were observing. Please use this term sparingly and explain in the notes box.

· Successful = Fledglings (not nestlings) were observed in the nest. One or more nestlings in a nest may not live to become a fledgling. Fledglings have flight feathers and their wing muscles are developed enough to make them capable of flight. Fledglings may still rely on their parents for food.

· Number of Fledglings = The number of fledglings actually observed in the nest. This figure may vary from observation to observation.

Through your hard work there are 334 nests in the database. While a total of 212 nests have been classified as either Active, Not Active or having No Nest, there are still 89 nests that have not been reported upon. These nests have been highlighted in yellow. It would be great if you could look at the highlighted nests and try to report on one or two of them.

· Total nests in database:334

· Historic nests (Grey): 38 (3 of which are now Active)

· Needing observation / monitor (Yellow): 89

· Active Nests: 124

· Not Active Nests: 56

· No Nests: 32

· Unknown Nests: 6

Thank you again for all of your hard work. The data in this list will be updated and presented again in early June. If you see any errors or omissions please send a note to us at

See you on the trails,

Jon, Jess and Gary

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Updates to Nest List, Map, and Submit Data

Greetings Monitors!
I hope you are doing well and have been enjoying all of the activities and antics of the osprey! Many of the nests are now incubating eggs, so we should be seeing chicks in about a month or so! And we have quite a number of new nests that you all have discovered this year, which is fantastic news! Jon has been hard at work updating the nest list in response to your requests for changes, additions, etc. I have included a link to the latest list below. And Gary has in turn been visiting many of the nests throughout the state, confirming the new nests and getting the nest map on our website updated to show the correct latitude and longitude data. Based on this, I have now also updated the Submit Data form, so you will see a number of new nests listed and also that some of the nests have been swapped into a more appropriate location listing. If you have any questions or run into any issues/can’t find a nest, please do reach out to me at Thank you all so much for all of your work in keeping the observations and nest list accurate and up-to-date!
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Osprey Nest Map: Under Repair

Hi Monitors!

I hope that this note finds you all well and enjoying the sun.  Despite the wind….!

We just discovered a bit of a problem with the nest map and the pins showing the sites of each nest….  It appears that we suffered from a computer glitch that moved some of the pins around and duplicated others.  We now how frustrating this must be for you (it is very frustrating for us!) so the team (me, Jess and Gary) are checking each of the pins to ensure they are in the correct locations.    If you know of any pins/locations that need correcting feel free to send a note to us at   PLEASE include the nest name in the subject line and then tell us the nature of the problem.

Thank you so much!!


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Updated 2020 Osprey Nest List

Greetings Monitors!

Thank you all for volunteering for another season of watching Osprey!  For those of you who have volunteered in the past, we hope you may consider joining us again (and/or spreading the word)!  One potential bright side of statewide lockdown is perhaps having more time in the field to monitor!  If you know of anyone with cabin fever who likes birds, please send them our way.  We have a quite a few nests that still need to be monitored and will be setting up online training.  Areas in need of monitors are highlighted in the updated nest assignment list (see below for more info!).

2020 Osprey Nest List:

The latest version of the 2020 Osprey Nest List is now available:

We know that the Nest List will not be perfect, so please be patient.  If you see any errors or omissions please send us a clear email noting the nest name, town and nature of the problem.

For instance, we may have you assigned to incorrect nests.  Or we may have not assigned you to a nest you want to monitor.  Or we may have omitted a nest that you know about.  Or we may have labeled a nest with an incorrect town.  And so on….   there are many ways we could have messed up .   Just send a nice note to and we will resolve it!

When reviewing the 2020 Osprey Nest List it is hard not to see all of the highlights.  In this case, yellow is bad  while blue is good .   Please help us add more blue to the List and remove all the yellow!

The nests highlighted in yellow are not yet covered by a monitor.    Clearly we need more monitors so help spread the word!    (We have not highlighted nests labeled as “Historic” as they have not been active in several years and do not need a monitor assigned to cover them.)

The name of monitors highlighted in blue have submitted data for that particular nest.  I am sure that during the time we highlighted the List and published the List some folks submitted data, so please do not worry!  If you just submitted data in the past 5 days we may not have caught it.  No worries!

Contact Information:

In order for you to submit data via the website we must have your contact information.  As most of you know, we switched computer systems at the beginning of the season and we need your updated contact information.   To make it easy, Jess created a Contact Form (link: ).  Many of you have already submitted your information and should be good to go.  If you have not yet completed the Contact Form, please do so as soon as possible, as this is the info we are using to create the nest assignments and add you to the new data submission system.  If you are experiencing any difficulty submitting data or recently changed any of your contact information, please drop us a line at

Find a New Nest?

Please use the “New Nest” form on the website.  Using the form will help ensure that the information will not be buried in our email box, and helps us keep all the new nest information together.  Please check the map before submitting a new nest as we find some are already there on the map and on the Osprey Nest List. Also, please include the Latitude/Longitude of the nest if you can.   Thank you so much!

Corrections to the Nest Map

Feel free to send your corrections to us at  One of us will check it out, make revisions as soon as possible, and confirm the revision to you.

Updates to the Data Submission Form

We really appreciate all of your patience and feedback as we adjust to using the new Google Form format for data submission, and will be rolling out some improvements in response to your feedback!  We’ve especially gotten some questions about which is the correct nest status to select for different situations.  Jess has updated that section to provide a bit more definition of when to use each status, which we hope will help.

Note that the program is focused around breeding activity, so the “Active” status refers specifically to breeding behavior (nest building, copulation, male bringing food to female, and/or adult feeding young).  When you are selecting the nest status, it is based on whether you witnessed breeding behavior during that particular visit.  You would select “Active” if you see these activities while you are at the nest that day.  If osprey are present at the nest but not engaging in these activities, then the status for that observation would be “Not Active” (even if you have seen the osprey engaging in breeding behavior on past visits).

 The end of season question has also been updated, so now it is multiple choice.  You’ll still only fill out this question at the end of the season.  Depending on your response, the form will then ask for the final number of fledglings.  This update will make it easier for us to determine the final nest status.

Data Submission Tips

We’ve also received some questions about the need to log into the form (using your email address) each time, for each observation.  We know this can become rather tedious!  It is an unfortunate side effect of using Google Forms.  In order to make things a bit easier when you have multiple observations to enter, we recommend using copy/paste.  The first time you enter your email address, before you click “Next”, make a copy by highlighting your email address and hitting the “CTRL” and “C” keys simultaneously.  Then the next time you need to enter your email address, just put your cursor into the blank space and hit the” CTRL” and “V” keys.  This will paste your email address into the space.

To help save time on needing to enter your name for each observation as well, note that you don’t need to enter your full name.  You can enter just your last name, or just your first name and last initial.  We only need enough information here to know which monitor made the observation.

Viewing the Observation Data

Finally, several folks have asked about how they can view their own and other monitors’ recorded nest observations.  Our 2020 monitors have been provided with a view-only link to the raw data feed from the Observation Data form (contact us if you didn’t receive the link!).  The data appears in the order of when it was entered/received, so you’ll have to scroll through to see all of the data as it is entered on each nest, but this will enable you to view the status and notes from all monitors.  The data is updated real-time as observations are entered, so you will see the most up-to-date information each time you open the link.

Thank You!

We deeply appreciate all of your help and dedication to the program, which wouldn’t exist without you, our wonderful monitors!  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at  


Jon, Gary, & Jess

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Late March Update

Hi everyone!

Thank you SO much for your patience as we start the season while switching to a new system.  Not our preference but we are muddling through!

So hats off to Jess for keeping the system afloat: responding to your queries, updating the system, posting information and much more.   Hats off to Gary as well for updating the map regarding nests and responding to questions as well.

As most of you know, the old system was 10 years old (in computer years that’s like dog years x 7) and in dire need of replacement.  In walked Jess who has been moving the system to Google Docs in an effort to make the system more sustainable.  The changes have also made the back-of-house management much easier (no one cares about back=-of house stuff ;-))and we are able to make most changes without going out-of-house.   Some of you may remember Eric, the original architect of the program… well he moved to Idaho a while back and is quite busy obtaining his PhD.  So Jess has stepped up as a volunteer and has been wonderful!

The team (Jess, Gary and I) will continue to read your suggestions and make changes to the observation form and other areas.  We have a few in the pipeline and just need more hours in the day!

Thank you again for your patience.

I hope to see you on the trails!








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Osprey Monitoring Program featured in The Providence Journal!

We are very happy to announce that the Osprey Monitoring Program was featured in an article about osprey in the latest edition of the Providence Journal, including an interview with Jon Scoones, our program manager, and photos taken by our own dedicated volunteer and wildlife photographer, Gary Carlson!

Link to Article

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2020 Preliminary Osprey Nest Assignments

Greetings 2020 Osprey Monitors!

I am so sorry this is a week late, but we are doing so many new things with the program that it took a little while longer than I expected.

Below is a link to the PRELIMINARY 2020 Nest Assignment List.  It is preliminary because it only includes names from those monitors who gave me their preferred nest sites or geographic areas.  It seems there was some confusion about this, so several monitors have not yet been assigned nests.

This is easy to remedy, if you do not see your name on the list, just send an email with your name, town you live in, and preferred nest site to   Once I have received your preferred nest site I will update the list and we will republish it in about a week.    Using the map of nest sites should help you find a nest near you.   A link to the map is on the website at

I am sure that there are some errors on the list, so if you find any please bring them to our attention by sending an email to   If you want to give up nest, or pick up a different one, just send a note to the same address.

Thank you for your patience and willingness to support the program!

And by the way, two Osprey have been sighted in Rhode Island, so dust off your binoculars!  When you are ready to start reporting observations on your nest(s), you can access the Data Submission form on the website ( under “Submit Data”. You can log into the form by entering your email address. Please don’t forget to include latitude/longitude and directions to the nest, in the notes on your first submission!

Preliminary 2020 Osprey Nest Assignment List

Best regards,


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2019 Osprey Monitoring Report Now Available!

The official report covering the 2019 season is now complete and available for review!  This report contains the final status for all of the monitored nests, as well as important info about the upcoming 2020 season.  The 2019 report, as well as previous years’ reports, are linked in the sidebar of this site, under “Osprey Monitoring Program Reports”.

Thank you all so much- the report and all of the nest observations wouldn’t be possible without your hard work and dedication to the program!

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Osprey Training Begins Sunday!

Training for the 2020 Osprey monitoring season begins on Sunday.   During these sessions we will cover the NEW submittal form and changes to the map.  We will also cover the traditional aspects of the monitoring process.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions and catching up.

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; February 2, 2020; 12:00-3:00 pm. 

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; February 9, 2020; 12:00-3:00 pm. 

URI’s East Farm, 14 East Farm Rd, Kingston, Rhode Island; February 23, 2020; 1:00-3:00 pm.


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