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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan

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You can be a citizen scientist for the Bay of Quinte using your smart phone.

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help locate and monitor Osprey’s nests around the Bay of Quinte. The goal is to establish a long-term monitoring program to ensure the Osprey population remains healthy and abundant.

This pilot project utilizes 21st Century Social Media and Geo-Location technologies to help preserve our cherished habitat. Citizen scientists are being challenged to use their smart phones to capture details about Ospreys that include: nest locations, whether the nest is active or not, the number of fledglings and departure dates for the fall migration. First ensure that the location settings are activated on the smart phone then using Twitter, select Tweet, click the location tag and Share precise location then using the hashtags #bqrap and #osprey post your photos or comments. Make sure that you complete your post from the nest site, otherwise the post will not be accurately located.

Why monitor ospreys? Because Ospreys eat fish almost exclusively, they are considered a sentinel species, serving as indicators of water quality health. Changes in the number of nesting pairs and number of chicks produced and fledged can reflect changes in aquatic ecosystem health.

The return of this top predator to the Bay of Quinte and their successful nesting is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. By collecting data on how the Ospreys are doing, we can ensure the Bay doesn’t return to the conditions that required a Remedial Action Plan in the first place.

Monitoring Tips

Fact sheet on Ospreys

Geo located nesting sites

Our interactive map will be available in a few weeks. Tweet your Osprey sightings using the hashtags #bqrap #osprey

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