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Osprey Cam

Welcome to the 2015 nesting season for Ospreys in New Jersey! This camera is located within 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 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. This year we're working on developing an educational program that will be used to educate the public about ospreys, their threats, recovery efforts, and ways people can help, which includes the creation of a tri-fold brochure and a coloring book for children.

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:

March 25

Both birds are back! Female arrived on March 19th and male showed up yesterday, March 24. Both birds returned earlier this year. I'm not sure why. Weather has been unseasonably cool since the start of the year. Hopefully things will warm up soon!

I haven't gotten a good look at the male, but so far it appears that both are the same as last year.

March 12

I've seen some reports of some early spring osprey migrants. Usually some start to show up at nests along the D. Bay, specifically the Maurice River at this time of March. Usually they arrive a bit later on the Atlantic Coast. Days with south winds help push spring migrants north. Each and every day will be bringing more migratory birds north.

In the meantime, we have work to do. Currently the infrared light is not working properly. It has power but at night, we have no IR light...We have found out that getting an advanced replacement is not an option, so we're walking on eggshells to try and find a replacement unit asap. The sound is still another issue. We have re-wired the microphone two times already and still get some kind of interference/white noise. We hope to try and diagnose this when we go out one last time in the next 2 weeks to do any last minute work.

February 3, 2015

Image of Comparison between the adult ospreys that nest at the Osprey Cam. Both are unbanded.Comparison between the adult ospreys that nest at the Osprey Cam. Both are unbanded.

Welcome to another season for the Forsythe Osprey Cam! Over the next month we'll be conducting some maint. to the camera system which we hope will improve the viewing experience.

  1. The old network swtich will be replaced with a new unit that has a fan to keep the unit cool (since this is what we believe caused the camera to go offline last July).
  2. The microphone wire will be replaced (all we get is static right now) so hopefully sound will finally work for us this year!
  3. The IR light will be fixed.
  4. The camera lens housing will be cleaned.

Only 45 more days until Spring and when ospreys return to NJ! Last year the female returned on March 30 and the male on April 3.

Osprey Cam Interaction

This subpage of the osprey cam is where viewers can watch, ask questions, and leave comments about ospreys and the camera system.

Osprey Cam FAQ

Here are some "Frequently Asked Questions" to accompany our Osprey Cam.

Nest Cam News - 2013

Summary of news from the 2013 Osprey Cam season written by Ben Wurst.

Nest Cam News - 2014

News from the 2014 nesting season for ospreys at the Forsythe NWR Osprey Cam.

Chronology:
  • 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

Learn more:
Multimedia of Ospreys: A Success Story (NJN video): The osprey was listed as endangered in 1974 after DDT and habitat loss decimated the population. The population dropped from 450-500 nesting pairs to only 53. Since the 70s the population has rebounded to historic levels. Here is a video of the New Jersey Osprey Recovery Project.

Ospreys: A Success Story (NJN video)

The osprey was listed as endangered in 1974 after DDT and habitat loss decimated the population. The population dropped from 450-500 nesting pairs to only 53. Since the 70s the population has rebounded to historic levels. Here is a video of the New Jersey Osprey Recovery Project.

CONTACT US:

Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager: Email

609.628.2103


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