Re: [CALBIRDS] Fw: Osprey-Watch: join a global community of observers
- Let me add on to Gjon's comment that California DFG also tracks Osprey nests in their CNDDB.
From: "Gjon_Hazard@..." <Gjon_Hazard@...>
Sent: Friday, March 2, 2012 10:50 AM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Fw: Osprey-Watch: join a global community of observers
FYI -- a citizen-science opportunity for those who may be interested
Gjon C. Hazard
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 101
Carlsbad, CA 92011 USA
not an official post from the USFWS
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Become an Osprey Watcher: Connect with a global community of observers
The Center for Conservation Biology has launched Osprey-Watch, a project
created to engage a global community to collect data on breeding osprey.
Linked by an interest in osprey and a concern for the health of the aquatic
environments on which they rely, this community will for the first time
provide a global perspective on this charismatic species. The mission of
Osprey-Watch is to bring citizen scientists together in order 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
Osprey are one of very few truly global sentinels for aquatic health. They
feed almost exclusively on live fish throughout their entire life cycle.
They are a top consumer within aquatic ecosystems and are very sensitive to
both overfishing and environmental contaminants. Nearly all populations
breed in the northern latitudes and winter in the southern latitudes,
effectively linking the aquatic health of the hemispheres. Their breeding
season in the north is highly seasonal making them an effective barometer
of climate change.
Osprey-Watch is a user-friendly, internet platform that allows observers
across the globe to map their nests, log observations, upload photos, and
interact within an observer forum. Information entered into the platform
will be immediately accessible to users and will be summarized following
the breeding season.
To join a growing community of global citizens, please visit
http://www.osprey-watch.org and become an Osprey-Watcher.
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
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