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The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help locate and monitor Osprey’s nests around the Bay of Quinte. The goal is to establish a long-term monitoring program to ensure the Osprey population remains healthy and abundant.

This pilot project utilizes 21st Century Social Media and Geo-Location technologies to help preserve our cherished habitat. Citizen scientists are being challenged to use their smart phones to capture details about Osprey that include: nest locations, whether the nest is active or not, the number of fledglings and departure dates for the fall migration. It’s a simple process to report on. Citizen Scientist findings utilizing a standard smart phone. First ensure that “location settings” are activated on the phone, then using Twitter, and the hashtags #bqrap and #quinteosprey post your photos or comments. Make sure that you complete your post from the nest site, otherwise the post will not be accurately located. Now, you are a citizen scientist!

Why monitor ospreys? Because Ospreys eat fish almost exclusively, they are considered a sentinel species, serving as indicators of water quality health. Changes in number of nesting pairs and number of chicks produced and fledged can reflect changes in aquatic ecosystem health.

Once, the widespread use of DDT brought these great raptors to the brink of extinction. But with a ban, in the 1970s, on this toxic pesticide and the efforts of federal and provincial governments, conservation authorities and groups, and individuals the Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback. The return of this top predator to the Bay of Quinte and their successful nesting is a sign of a healthy ecosystem.

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is in the process of changing the status of several of the fish and wildlife environmental challenges identified for the Bay to unimpaired. One way the public can help maintain healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations and habitat is by participating as citizen scientists.

Visit the nest sites throughout the season and post comments and photos of the birds for everyone to enjoy.

Or contact Sarah Midlane-Jones, Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, 613-394-3915 ext. 214,

Mary Gunning, Quinte Conservation, 613-968-3434 ext. 106, 

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