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Asbury Park students meet ospreys at high school football field

July 21st, 2018

Story by Michelle Gladden, Asbury Park Sun

Photos courtesy of Chanta L Jackson, Asbury Park School District Communications Director unless otherwise noted.

It is only week two of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) Summer Learning Experience program, a part of the Asbury Park School District Summer Camp offerings, and third-grade students have had the opportunity to not only see an osprey up close and personal but to visit a local nest and learn to simulate building the predatory bird’s nesting place.

Sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas, the 5-week program is a part of the Asbury Park School District’s hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, And Math [STEAAM] focused summer programming.


At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday the state’s leading osprey biologist Ben Wurst and CWF education director Stephanie DAlessio met with close to 50 students at the William ‘Butch’ Bruno Football Stadium, where a known osprey nest overlooks the field. Many may recognize Wurst for his widely publicized rescue in late June of an osprey entangled in balloon ribbon at Island Beach State Park.



Photo by David Wheeler, Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

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