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Presented By The Center for Conservation Biology
Goal Documenting trends in global osprey breeding populations.
Task Monitor osprey nests
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Osprey Watch is a project of the Center for Conservation Biology for birdwatchers across the nation to help identify osprey nests and observe osprey behavior. The project hopes to acquire data across a large enough spatial scale in order to address three pressing issues associated with aquatic ecosystems: climate change, depletion of fish stocks, and environmental contaminants. Ospreys are great indicators of the health of aquatic ecosystems as they are sensitive to small changes in fish populations and water quality.

OspreyWatch has almost 500 Osprey Watchers monitoring almost 800 nests across North America, Europe, and Australia. Ospreys are incredible birds of prey and viewing them in the wild can be an amazing experience. And it may be easier than you think. Many osprey nest in man made objects and might even be right outside your backdoor. There are also many nests viewable online through web cameras.

So grab a camera, some binoculars, and locate a nest near you to add photos and descriptions to OspreyWatch’s interactive map. You can even find other nests in your area and help monitor and add updates to nesting activity.

How to Join

To start, head to and start learning about how Ospreys nest and feed.

Then, head to to sign up and become an official Osprey Watcher!

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Required Gear

A digital camera, binoculars, and a pen and paper are useful to add photos and descriptions. A GPS unit can give a more exact location of nests but is not necessary. A computer with internet access is needed.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In the car, At the beach, On a walk, run, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags bird, birds, climate change, environment, fws, monitor, nest, nesting, osprey, water, water quality
Project Updated 04/10/2017