The “Guidelines for Monitoring and Managing the Osprey Following Removal from the Vermont Endangered and Threatened Species List” (Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 2007) calls for continued annual monitoring for at least 5 years post de-listing in 2005. Therefore, nest monitoring and the placement and maintenance of nest structures are still considered to be important for the well being of ospreys in Vermont.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) continues to enjoy excellent relations with many partners, particularly Vermont’s electric utilities which have given generously of their equipment, time and enthusiasm. Our focus for installing new nest platforms has shifted from any good habitat to either exceptional habitat or to accommodate “nuisance” osprey pairs – those that are building on power lines and other inappropriate structures.
Since we now have so many nests to track, this year we made a concentrated effort to recruit volunteer monitors. We had 21 volunteers who gave almost 200 hours of their time; together they monitored half of all the nests outside Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR). We are most grateful to these volunteers for their time and effort.
The osprey project continues to be funded by a Federal State Wildlife Grant that requires a 50% match. For this reason we are especially grateful to our electric utility partners and volunteers for helping us to fund efforts for the Vermont osprey population.\
From report by Tina Scharf, Consulting Wildlife Biologist andVermont Fish and Wildlife Department Osprey Project Coordinator