Adopt an Osprey Platform
Contribute to the recovery of ospreys along the Jersey Shore.
Since we started our Osprey Conservation Project in 2008, we have raised private funding to help the population to fully recover from the effects of DDT and habitat loss along the coast. We've concentrated our efforts in areas where the number of suitable nesting platforms were limiting the growth of the population. Over the past 5 years we have installed over 100 nesting platforms, which give ospreys their best chance at raising young. Platforms keep their nests well above flood tides and gives them protection from predators. Most are installed on publicly owned open space and all survived the wrath of Superstorm Sandy. However, each year more and more platforms become damaged or disappear during the winter months, especially platforms that are not designed and installed to our specifications. With this new program individuals (or groups and businesses) can "adopt" an existing osprey nest platform. Your adoption will make sure the platform you adopt stays in good, working condition. If it ever become damaged or needs repair, we'll be there to do the work.
- Barnegat Bay
- Little Egg Harbor
- Great Bay
- Receive a complimentary one-year membership to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.
- An Adopt a Platform certificate and map depicting the location of the nest site, including a link to where the nest can be viewed on a map online.
- A digital photo of the nesting platform and the young produced (during the nesting season after adoption).
- Invitations to participate in platform construction and installation events.
Adopt-a-Platform ~ $250
Sept. 2018 - We are currently working to provide a better way to update to those who have adopted a nests in the past. We appreciate the support of our work to maintain a thriving osprey population in NJ.
Questions? Please contact us:
Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager: Email