CT Audubon citizen science initiative to monitor CT osprey health

Jul 11th, 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)

If you live near an active Osprey nest and can volunteer about an hour a month to be part of our network of stewards, email us at Osprey@Ctaudubon.org.

The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population.

It was only several decades ago that the widespread use of DDT brought these great fish-eating raptors to the brink of extinction. But with a ban on this toxic pesticide and the efforts of government biologists, conservation groups and individuals, Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback. These raptors now nest in dozens of locations along the coast, and on rivers and lakes further inland.

Monitoring the size, status, health and geographic extent of the population can provide us with insights into the well-being of our lakes, rivers, Long Island Sound – and ourselves.

Our network of Osprey Nation stewards will collect and send us data on the birds’ arrival dates each spring, the location of nests, nesting success and departure dates. We will enter the data on a map for everyone to view. Osprey Nation is a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and we will be submitting the data you collect to DEEP biologists.

For more on this story, visit: Osprey Nation | Connecticut Audubon Society.

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