Ospreys Are Having Another Great Year

Aug 22, 2018
Photo by: Ellen Raimo

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey plays an active role in helping to manage and protect ospreys throughout the state, and as CWF Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst noted recently, the species is so far having a successful year.

“The summer weather has been optimal, with no high wind events,” Wurst pointed out. “Prey has been plentiful, as observed at many nests,” many of which had large brood sizes.

“Despite some minor setbacks, many nests are predicted to yield high productivity numbers, indicating good health measures of osprey populations,” he added.

The coastal raptor’s numbers have been climbing in New Jersey since the early 1970s, when there were only 50 pairs of the threatened species in the state.

“As a state that is heavily influenced by its location along the Atlantic Ocean, these birds play a critical role in our coastal ecosystem,” said Wurst. “Ospreys are important bioindicators of the health of our coastal waters, through the lens of their prey, where pollutants are biomagnified through the food chain. They show the effects of these pollutants long before humans, so the health of their population has implications for our coastal waters and local citizens.”

Full results from the 2018 Osprey Project Survey will be published later this year.

To learn more about the N.J. Osprey Project, visit conservewildlifenj.org/protecting/projects/osprey.  —J.K.-H.

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