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!