Wanted: Osprey Watchers as Citizen-Scientists
Bryan Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, contributed this article to LiveScience.com
People love their birds, and we’ve discovered that people with ospreys nesting on their property form a particular attachment.
So we had an idea: What if we could harness that interest? We run into all these waterfront property owners who like to talk about the ospreys that have been nesting for years on their docks or in trees. There had to be a way to turn osprey watchers into citizen-scientists. That was the impetus to the founding of OspreyWatch, now in its second year.
Over the next few weeks, bird watchers throughout the northern hemisphere will welcome ospreys as they return to their breeding grounds. For many, the time marks both the arrival of spring and the hope for a productive breeding season. For ornithologists, spring’s the busiest time of year. So, if you have some ospreys, we can use your help…
(read more: Live Science)
(photo: John DiGiorgio, College of William and Mary)