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Osprey pair building a nest

Stan Chamberlain

Osprey Monitoring Program

Welcome to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Osprey Nest Monitoring Program!

Our goal is to collect data on all of the Osprey nests in the state each summer to understand the changes in the abundance and distribution of nests and the number of young Ospreys that hatch each year. 

Our program was started by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) in 1977 when there were only 13 Osprey nests in Rhode Island due to the harmful impacts of DDT on these magnificent birds.

In 2010, the program was passed to Audubon because of our amazing team of volunteers! Today, our program collects data on over 360 nests across the state with a team of over 100 volunteers. 

That said, we can always use the help of more monitors! If you are interested in being part of our program, please reach out to program coordinator, Lincoln Dark, at

For resources, information, and PDFs that you may need as a monitor, please click the button below!

For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), please click the button below to learn more about Osprey monitoring and the lives of Ospreys!

Below are some links to additional resources that you can visit to learn more about Osprey and the Osprey Monitoring Program!

Osprey Monitoring Resources

RI Osprey Nest Sites on Google Maps

Printable Osprey Window Card

Printable Osprey Field Note Sheet

Resources For Learning More About Osprey

Lincoln's Presentation on Trends of the Rhode Island Osprey Population from the 2024 Avian Research Symposium

Osprey Monitor Butch Lombardi on Ospreys at Audubon's Nature Center & Aquarium in Bristol on 4/24/2022

Audubon Society's Osprey Field Guide

Osprey Videos/Livestream Cams

Link to Allin’s Cove Osprey Youtube Channel, from Allin’s Cove in Barrington, RI. All of these videos are recorded and produced by Audubon Osprey Monitor David Winsor: Allin's Cove Osprey

Link to livestream camera of Marsh Meadows Osprey Nest in Jamestown RI: Creek Nest Cam – Conanicut Island Raptor Project

Link to livestream camera of Garrison Acres Osprey Nest in South Kingstown RI: Osprey webcam on Narrow (Pettaquamscutt) River – Narrow River Preservation Association

Link to livestream camera of BI Power Osprey nest on Block Island: AXIS M5525-E View

Photos From Our Volunteers!

See How the Osprey Nest Density in Rhode Island Has Changed!

In a visual representation below (see image below) & through previous reports on the findings from each year of the Osprey Monitoring Program since 2010 (after image below)

Previous Reports From the Osprey Monitoring Program