On another happy note, I am proud to announce that the project to build and place 10 osprey platform in Great Bay Blvd. WMA has been fully funded by AmerGen!!! Without the support and funding from AmerGen and other private donors, the osprey project would not be able to accommidate the fast growing population of ospreys nesting needs with the dwindling state funding. Below is the full proposal for Great Bay Blvd.
Thank you Nancy, Bill and all other private donors!
Osprey Enhancement Project Great Bay
In cooperation with
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife,
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
Prepared by: Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
August 8th, 2008
Historically, before the effects of DDT caused the state’s osprey population to decline, over 500 osprey nests could be found along
Most nesting structures are decades old and are in poor shape. Inadequate nest platforms create situations where the young are very vulnerable to predation from ground predators and loss due to strong winds during storms. In 2007, the osprey colony (
Enhance nest availability and productivity of ospreys in Great and Little Egg Harbor Bays to help restore the state population to historic levels.
- Increase the availability of nest platforms for osprey along Great and Little Egg Harbor Bays.
- Replace old, damaged, and predator-prone nest platforms currently available.
- Construct 10 nest platforms using NJDFW osprey platform plans.
- Transport platforms to central staging area (Great Bay Blvd. WMA)
- Transport platforms to each individual location where the nest will be placed.
- Erect platform(s) with NJDFW, USFWS partners, and volunteers.
- December 2008 – Construct platforms with volunteers.
- January 2009 – Transport and install 10 platforms.
- Summer 2009 – Survey nest platforms for occupation.