Return of Ospreys
Volunteers needed to help install new nesting platforms or help repair existing nesting platforms
We need your hep! Please help us install new nesting platforms for ospreys.
In years past, volunteers with Save Coastal Wildlife and other organizations have helped to install nesting platforms in Keyport, Union Beach, Aberdeen Township, and in Middletown Township. Many of the above sites are occupied each year by nesting ospreys. The platforms are placed in the middle of wetlands before ospreys return to nest and are monitored each season for overall nesting success. Platforms have been widely successful in attracting nesting ospreys in coastal locations.
Due to poorly planned coastal development and sea level rise, there is a shortage of suitable nesting sites for ospreys along the coast. Fortunately for the ospreys, there always seems to be a group of volunteers willing to help install new nesting platforms. It just has to be done quickly, before the birds return from their winter habitats sometime in March or early April.
Putting up new nesting platforms will help provide habitat for Ospreys and to help keep these fish hawks from nesting on dangerous power lines, which can kill the birds, or other dangerous areas. Nesting platforms will also provide local residents, especially children, a chance to view and get to know local wildlife up close.
Ospreys act as indicator species, as a sign of the health of a bay or estuary. Water quality is generally improving when you have many adult ospreys nesting and successfully raising two or three young.
The return of ospreys to our coastline is one of the greatest conservation stories of the last 30 years. But we need your help to provide homes for ospreys.
We need your help!
There are often more ospreys then there are nesting platforms!