Greenbelt began conducting Osprey conservation in 2007 when it constructed its first nesting platform at the Cox Reservation. Since then our goals and efforts have expanded greatly to include:
- Management - install and maintain osprey nesting platforms
- Monitoring – use staff and citizen scientists to collect data on osprey nesting activity
- Education – engage the public and educate them about Osprey natural history and protection
- Research – collaborate on osprey research projects to enhance osprey conservation
Accomplishments to date in Essex County:
- Installed 13 new nesting platforms and repaired countless others on Greenbelt and other properties since 2007
- Created Osprey Watch, where 25-30 volunteer citizen scientists work with Greenbelt staff to monitor of all known active osprey nests north of Boston
- Installed a webcam in 2013 at the Cox Reservation Osprey nest in Essex and fed a live stream to the Greenbelt website. In 2014 there were over 75,000 views of the live-streaming video. In 2015, Osprey were present but did not lay eggs.
- Installed 3 informational kiosks about Osprey biology and conservation.
- Banded 13 Osprey chicks in 2013 and 20 in 2014; and 17 in 2015. Placed satellite transmitters on two juvenile Osprey in 2013 and two more in 2014 as part of a long-term research project on Osprey migration with lead investigator Dr. Rob Bierregaard. Only one of the four Ospreys with an attached transmitter remains alive in 2015–Flow, a male hatched in 2014. Go to the Osprey Research section to view Flow’s location.