Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter

Jun 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Story, Wildlife
An osprey flying over a marsh in Branford, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

An osprey flying over a marsh in Branford, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching a new citizen science program called “Osprey Nation.”

Alex Brash remembers one of the first times he saw an osprey. “I actually watched an osprey and a bald eagle tussle over a fish,” he said. “I was living in Essex at the time, and I thought it was the most spectacular display of birds I’d ever seen.” Today, Brash is president of the Connecticut Audubon Society, which just kicked off its new program.

It works like this: if you see an osprey nest, report the location to the Connecticut Audubon Society, which feeds that information into a Google map on its website. The organization is also looking for volunteers to provide a few other details. “We’d like to know the condition of the nest, when it was occupied, [and] if they know how many young are in it,” Brash said.

For more on this story, visit: Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter | WNPR News.

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