provided to The Santiva Chronicle
The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF) is seeking “citizen scientists” on Captiva to locate and monitor osprey nests.
“Monitoring is easy and fun and can be done by land or sea,” says Carol Smith, coordinator of the nest monitoring groups. TIOF has been monitoring osprey nests on Sanibel for over 20 years. “We want to expand our data to include the osprey on Captiva,” Smith adds.
The nesting season begins in January and ends in May. Even though the season is already under way, volunteers are still welcome. Volunteers have designated routes and observe the nests approximately every two weeks. Nesting data documents the health and breeding of ospreys as well as how environmental factors such as water quality and fish availability affect their nesting success.
Those interested may contact TIOF at P.O. Box 250,Sanibel, Fl. 33957 or email TIOF@outlook.com.