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More Citizen Science: Osprey-Watching

So, now I am a registered osprey watcher with OspreyWatch .

“The mission of OspreyWatch is to collect information on a large enough spatial scale to be useful in addressing three of the most pressing issues facing aquatic ecosystems including global climate change, depletion of fish stocks, and environmental contaminants.”

How did this come about? On my way home (on the commuter train), I alternated between watching this gorgeous sunset over the Gunpowder River with reading my twitter feed.

Lisa, with the “Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge” tweeted about OspreyWatch. I then remembered the nest I had found a few months ago. At the time, I thought it was an eagle’s nest. My earlier blog post, now edited.

But a local expert birder had told me it was likely an osprey nest. So after reading Lisa’s tweet, I headed home to grab my binoculars and out to the nest I went. It was almost nightfall, but I got this picture:

I tweeted it back to Lisa, who kindly responded right away & confirmed that it is an osprey nest. I then went to the OspreyWatch website, and inputted any data that I could. Now, I get to report on any nest activity I observe, such as when an adult arrives and any chick fledglings.

Info on the nest I’m watching, #341, is here.

And that’s how I spent this Tuesday evening ….

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  1. Glad to hear you joined OspreyWatch, I’ve registered a nest too, it will be very interesting to see the year end’s results and ongoing research data they obtain year after year. The osprey are on their way to us, should be here any day now on the mid-upper Chesapeake Bay!

    March 13, 2012
  2. Donna, thank you for the comment. I visited your blog & am following it now. You have absolutely beautiful photos!
    But back to osprey, I visited the nest last week, and they bulldozed an area right in front of the pole it’s on ! I’m so worried about it. Thanks for giving me an idea of when they are arriving; I’ll be on the lookout.

    March 13, 2012

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