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