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OspreyWatch from your mobile device or computer

ImageOspreyWatch is up and running for the second year. It’s a global effort to seek, observe, and record osprey activity – a “canary in the coal mine” type of investment.

Here’s the blurb from OspreyWatch themselves: “OspreyWatch is a global community of observers focused on breeding osprey. The observers are linked by an interest in osprey, concern for the health of aquatic environments, and data submitted to a repository through the OspreyWatch website.  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.

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.”

Best of all – you don’t need to be out-and-about to help. There are free, live webcams set up by osprey-watchers for people like you & me to observe & report activity. Don’t forget to register to participate.

Here’s my OspreyWatch article with details – but I’ve posted the pics I took yesterday for you to view, here. Happy armchair birding!

These pics are from Finland, Florida, New Jersey and Colorado webcams.



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This entry was posted on April 24, 2013 by in Birdwatching, Things to Do, Volunteer and tagged , , .
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