Conserve Wildlife Foundation Asks for Donations to Help Monitor State’s Ospreys

Nonprofit Needs to Purchase a Boat
Feb 20, 2019
Photo by: Northside Jim

A critical component to facilitate Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s monitoring of New Jersey’s ospreys is a reliable work boat, and now that the nonprofit’s access to a boat through a partner is no longer available, the organization needs to secure its own vessel to continue to ensure the health of the coastal environment and its inhabitants. CWF has created a fundraiser – at gofundme.com/njospreys – to solicit $12,500, which will be matched by the Osprey Foundation and used to purchase a $25,000 boat.

“Our osprey work receives no dedicated funding from the state or federal government,” the organization explains. “Without your support, and a boat, we cannot continue to meet the demands of our growing role in managing ospreys. Will you help us to reach our goal before the end of March, when ospreys begin returning to their breeding grounds in New Jersey?”

As CWF also pointed out, “Ospreys are living barometers. They symbolize the resilience of life along the New Jersey coast. As a top tier predator who feeds exclusively on fish, their collective health is a direct link to the health of our coastal waters. Anyone can tell you that a healthy coast is essential to life at the shore. Clean water with abundant and healthy wildlife equals a booming shore economy. We have all benefited from actions and policy that have protected our air, land and water since the 1970s. Ospreys are no exception.”

The nonprofit takes pride in working to guarantee ospreys are around for future generations to admire. Throughout the past decade, CWF, in close partnership with the N.J. Division of Fish & Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program, has managed the osprey population through the New Jersey Osprey Project. In that time, the group has installed more than 175 nesting platforms, and the population has grown by 40 percent, from 400 nesting pairs in 2006 to 668 pairs in 2017.

“Each year,” CWF explains, “we coordinate nest surveys of the most densely populated nesting colonies, from Sandy Hook to Cape May and west along the Delaware Bay, using several dedicated volunteers These specially trained volunteers access remote nests by boat and collect data on the nesting pair to determine nest outcomes. These surveys have been performed for the past 45 years and allow us to monitor the overall health of the population.

“Our recipe for success is from the unwavering support from philanthropic foundations, corporations and individuals; backbreaking labor from our dedicated volunteers; and the right tools to complete the task at hand.”

The nonprofit added, “We look forward to using the boat to maintain osprey nest platforms and monitor nesting activity year ’round and to educate the public about the importance of protecting this incredible species and the health of our coastal environment.” —J.K.-H.

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