DNREC seeks volunteers for osprey monitoring

By Kelli Steele 3:17pm, February 22, 2014
The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor the state’s osprey population.

Osprey have distinctive stick-built nests on tall poles or platforms and can be seen along many Delaware waterways, especially Sussex County’s Inland Bays. Osprey depend on a healthy and abundant food supply and since their diet consists primarily of fish, monitoring their population and activities statewide provides a good indication of water quality and the general health of Delaware’s waterways.

For those interested in either getting to know these unique birds better or gaining additional knowledge of them, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold two orientations for volunteer osprey monitors: the first is set for Saturday, March 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna; the second orientation is set for Sunday, March 2 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Field office at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton.

To volunteer, call 302.735.8657.

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