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The first season of our pilot Osprey Monitoring Program has come to a close. By September most of the birds have started their migration South. The Ospreys will return to the Bay of Quinte in late March or early April.  Below is an interactive map showing the locations of nesting sites that were geo-tagged this season. 

This project utilized 21st Century Social Media and Geo-Location technologies. Citizen scientists  used 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.

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.

Thanks to every one who participated. The goal is to establish a long-term monitoring program to ensure the Osprey population remains healthy and abundant.

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

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

Osprey Fact Sheet

Water Soldier

Water Soldier is continuing it southward progression down the Trent River towards the Bay of Quinte. It is, now, located a far south as Glen Ross. If it reaches the Bay of Quinte it will negatively impact both boating and the fishery. Find out more about this invasive plant and its possible impacts on the Bay.

Water soldier is a prohibited invasive aquatic plant, native to Eurasia that was first observed in the Trent River in the fall of 2008.   Water soldier is an “evergreen” perennial plant resembling aloe vera or spider plants, with sharp, serrated leaf edges. It forms dense mats of floating and submerged vegetation that can aggressively out-compete other aquatic plants and negatively impact the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems. Water soldier also poses a threat to navigation and recreation. The population of water soldier in the Trent River is one of only two known wild occurrences in North America.




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