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Ospreys are an indicator species. The health of their population has implications for the health our coastal ecosystems.
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Barnegat Light Osprey Cam
Our osprey cam was first installed at Forsythe NWR in 2013. In the spring of 2019, we installed a new osprey cam in Barnegat Light.
Welcome to the home of the Barnegat Light Osprey Cam! We decided to pursue the installation of a camera system at this tall nest so that we can share the intimate life of ospreys with everyone from the Long Beach Island region and worldwide. This is the second year for this pair of ospreys at this nest site. Last year they produced two young which were banded for future tracking. As many know, ospreys are an important indicator species and reflect the health of their surrounding habitat. A healthy coastal ecosystem equals a booming shore economy and the ospreys indicate that we're doing a good job of protecting our coastal areas. You can help ospreys by reducing your dependence on single use plastics, eating sustainable/local caught seafood and by not releasing balloons.
Our goal is to increase awareness and protection of ospreys in New Jersey.
If you haven't noticed, after popular demand, we decided to keep the Osprey Cam online all winter. While we should re-brand as the "Brant Cam," it is a great time to watch the seasonal shift in winter wildlife and weather. January seemed to fly by and there was little in the form of ice on the bay as opposed to last year, when the bay was frozen solid. It's no surprise as January was the warmest ever recorded worldwide and the 5th warmest in the US. As I type this I received notifications for a severe thunderstorm.
Anyway, ospreys are set to begin to their northward migration in the coming weeks. From now until they begin nesting, we have the big task of completing repairs at nests. This is something that would not be possible without our awesome volunteers! Next week we will release the 2019 NJ Osprey Project Report, so stay tuned for that. -Ben
2018: This platform was first used in 2018 after being installed many years ago by the Garden Club of LBI. We knew this would be the perfect site for a camera, with access to power and internet. We received a generous grant from the Osprey Foundation to install a new camera at this location in late 2018.
Early 2019: We presented our idea for a nest cam to the Town Council of the Borough of Barnegat Light and they enthusiastically approved.
February: We consulted with an electrian, ITS Electric Service LLC and they helped obtain construction permits and install service for us.
Late-March: Electric service was installed and the camera and associated equipment was attached to the osprey nest platform, after that was repaired by adding a new nest box.
- 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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Friends of Forsythe Osprey Cam, Oceanville, NJ
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ
Blackwater NWR, MD
Terrapin Cove, Maurice River, NJ