Did You know:
Young ospreys only have a 50% chance of reaching adulthood.
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Thank you to everyone who has watched and support the Osprey Cam at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville. It streams 24/7 (when there is sufficient power supply) and is powered by solar charged batteries.
The camera you're watching was installed by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey staff and volunteers in the spring of 2013. It is a high resolution, wireless camera (with sound!) on this osprey nest at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ. The purpose of this camera is to engage the public in osprey protection and to educate them about the challenges to osprey recovery. The live feed is broadcast here 24/7 during the nesting season for ospreys from March through August. Educational content is currently being developed.
The use of this camera will also be used to help identify the breeding pair of ospreys by their leg bands (if they can be read). This information will help us determine their site fidelity, age, and migration routes. It will also be used to gain more useful information on the use of trash as nesting material and its link to their reproductive success. We also plan to develop a detailed installation guide with the tools and resources for other land managers and biologists to install this same type of remote camera system at other locations, which is in the works.
Our goal is to increase awareness and protection of ospreys in New Jersey.
The development of an educational program will help viewers and future conservationists learn about ospreys and the challenges they face in the future. It will focus on osprey identification, habitat preferences, their historic decline (and why they need nesting platforms now), prey availability and links to reproductive success, and how people can help by reducing disturbance and monitoring nest sites.
Nest Cam News:
We're now on day 35 of incubation. Hatch watch begins tomorrow. With the recent cool and wet weather, it could affect the survival of other nests that are hatching along the coast of New Jersey. Despite being semi-altrical at hatching, which means being downy and able to see, osprey young are very vulnerable after hatching. They need very close parental care (to be fed and kept warm) and without it, will not survive.
We're hopeful that the trend of wet, cool weather ends soon. When looking at the forecast for the next 7 days, most days look mild with sunny skies.
As you can now see, we finally got the PTZ camera online and it's now streaming here and on YouTube. The pinhole camera will be hosted on YouTube later today and we will update the page when that happens.
In other news, we're beginning to spread the word about the 2017 Osprey Census, where we are seeking observations by the public of active osprey nests throughout the state. These sightings will help us determine the overall size of distribution of ospreys in the state. You can see all known nest sites on Osprey Watch, a global osprey watching community.
Sorry for my lack of updates! We finally got admin. access to the main (PTZ) camera during the last week of April; however, we have not been able to stream the camera online due networking issues. We are trying to get those issues resolved and hope to get the main feed online soon.
In other news, this year the female only laid two eggs. This is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it is almost preferred, since it will take less effort on the part of the adults to provide from only two hungry mouths instead of three. In turn, we will likely see less sibling rivalry this year, unless prey is scarce.
Luckily we were able to get the pinhole camera (located on the nest) back online the day before the first egg was laid! Viewers noticed the egg at around 7:11 pm. Ospreys begin incubation after the first egg is laid. The eggs hatch in order of being laid, so this egg will hatch first. Over the past 4 years, the eggs have been incubated for an average of 39 days (36 - 2013, 40 - 2014, 40 - 2015, 39 - 2016). Like previous years, hatch watch will start on May 26 (day 36).
She should be on two eggs by now. Hopefully we will get a view of them today. If you see an incubation exchange and capture a view of them, please post to our interaction page!
In other news, we have been extremely frustrated with the delay in getting the camera(s) back online. We still do not have access to the main camera at the nest. We will continue to ask for USFWS to fix the networking issues...
We do have access to the admin side of the network camera, however, we are not able to stream it online without more changes by USFWS.
Eggs should be laid any day now. In 2015 the female laid the first egg on April 16 and in 2016, she laid it on April 17.
Yesterday, we visited Forsythe NWR to try and diagnose and repair the osprey cam. Upon arrival to the refuge, our first step is to hook up a laptop to the network switch (where the camera equipment is attached to the local network). To our surprise, the camera(s) and audio came right up! We expected the worst case scenerio, a broken component at the nest... Luckily, that is not the case. Instead, construction at the refuge has changed the local network and taken the camera offline. This should be an easy fix, so we hope that USFWS IT staff can fix the issue ASAP, because the pair is back! They have been back for several days, since a nice bed of spartina lines the bowl of their nest. Eggs should be coming soon! We hope not before the camera gets back online...
March 23, 2017
While anxiously awaiting the return of the nesting pair, this past weekend's weather seems to have caused the camera to not come back online. Right now we are unsure of the problem, since the camera is located in the middle of the saltmarsh, access is not so easy... We are planning to visit the nest and camera system next week, with generous transport by USFWS's airboat. In the meantime, we will keep our fingers crossed for the camera to come back online.
- Summer 2012 - Acquired funding to purchase and install wireless HD camera
- Fall 2012 - Atlantic white-cedar pole for camera mounting donated by Schairer Brothers Sawmill in Egg Harbor City
- October 2012 - E.B. Forsythe NWR Wildlife Drive impacted by Hurricane Sandy
- January 2013 - Camera system designed by JES Hardware Solutions, video hardware installed in Forsythe NWR Visitor's Center, and solar panels prepped for install
- February 2013 - Solar panels, battery components, data transfer equipment, and camera were installed and wired
- March 2013 - Live feed began streaming
- 2014 Osprey Project Report
- New Jersey Osprey Monitoring Project (NJOP): information about how we help monitor and manage the state population in partnership with NJ Fish & Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program
Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager: Email
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