Keep Osprey's Journey Going

Help us follow C2 and share his story! Together, we'll learn about Osprey migration and contribute to species and habitat protection.
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Sheryl Eisenberg
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Environment
New York, New York
United States
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WHO WE ARE

Our organization, the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy (Harbor Conservancy for short), supports and runs programs at the National Parks in New York City. One of our programs is the Osprey tracking project we call "Osprey's Journey." Dr. Bob Kennedy, an Osprey expert who has been studying the species since the 1970s, is our scientific advisor.

THE PROJECT IN A NUTSHELL

Roughly a year ago, we put a tiny satellite tracking device on a young male Osprey named C2, who nests at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC. We tracked him through one migration cycle to his wintering grounds in Venezuela and back and want to track him for one more year.

We also want to continue sharing the science and the story on our website OspreysJourney.com, where we give visitors the chance to witness C2's miraculous 2,700-mile migration and the challenges he faces during the nesting season -- from mating and chick-rearing to foraging for fish in safe areas, far from the dangers of city life.

THE PURPOSE

Expanding the Osprey knowledge base
By tracking individual Ospreys, as we are doing with C2, scientists answer questions critical to understanding the species and ensuring its survival.

Raising public awareness about wildlife needs in urban areas
By telling C2's story on OspreysJourney.com, we waken people to the wildlife sharing their cities and towns and educate them on the importance of preserving habitat.

Connecting people with nature
We offer website visitors an intimate, soul-stirring, connection with nature that would otherwise be out of reach.


Photo by Don Riepe.
Ospreys are just one of many species of wildlife that spend part or all of the year in Jamaica Bay. This picture shows an egret within sight of the Empire State Building. 

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

Our project has been covered twice in The New York Times -- here and here, as well as in Conde Nast Traveler, Audubon Magazine and numerous blogs and discussion boards.

Our website has received nearly 100,000 pageviews by around 21,000 individual visitors. Over 10,000 visits have resulted from Facebook sharing.

Our Osprey newsletter has over 1,000 subscribers and astronomical open and click rates, showing unusually strong interest and involvement on the part of our core audience.

WHY WE WANT TO CONTINUE

  1. To study the variation in C2's migration, mating, parenting and fishing behaviors from year to year so we can discover how he learns and changes in response to his experiences.
  2. To continue shining a spotlight on Ospreys and other wildlife living among us and reach an even larger audience.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We started the project in Spring 2012 with a bird named Coley whom we intended to track for two years. Unfortunately, after the first year, a potential safety issue developed with the backpack holding the transmitter in place. Coley was fine, but we had to start over with a different Osprey -- C2. This turned what was supposed to be a two-year project into a three-year one, so we ran out of funds.

We need $22,000 to track C2 for the 2nd year. If we get it, we will:

  1. Download and interpret the GPS data every few days during migration and every 2-4 weeks while C2 is at his nesting site and winter grounds.
  2. Gather periodic observations from the field while C2 is at the nest site.
  3. Tell the story of C2's travels on the Osprey's Journey website.
  4. Share highlights of C2's adventures in our Osprey's Journey newsletter and on the Harbor Conservancy's Facebook page.
  5. Share our research with other scientists and naturalists and with the National Park Service and American Littoral Society so they can continue to make the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge as hospitable as possible to Ospreys.


Photo by Don Riepe.
America's Osprey population plummeted in the mid-20th century due to DDT use, which interfered with Osprey reproduction. Eventually, DDT was banned, but recovery was still hindered by encroaching development on former habitat. Environmentalists have been addressing the problem by erecting artificial platforms where Ospreys can nest. Some 20 such platforms, like this one, have been put to good use by  Osprey pairs at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

OUR WAY OF THANKING YOU

We have some really exciting perks for campaign supporters, including tickets to a sunset eco-cruise of Jamaica Bay; an original Osprey watercolor by artist, naturalist and National Park Ranger Dave Taft; a private phone call on all things Osprey with our project scientist Dr. Bob Kennedy; a boat ride to C2's nesting site; and a special Osprey-themed group walking tour of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. See the full list on the right. There are perks for gifts at all levels, including, in every case, our heartfelt thanks.

WHAT IF...?

If we are not able to meet our goal entirely, we will scale back on the amount of data interpretation and reporting we do. For instance, we might check in on C2 less frequently during the winter or skip the winter reporting entirely and only report on him during migration (or, if necessary, only during the return migration next Spring).

If the transmitter that tracks C2's movements is damaged or fails for some reason, our tracking will necessarily come to an end. However, we will still be able to watch for his return to Jamaica Bay and report on it on our website.

The big "if" that we hate talking about is the possibility that C2 could be injured and die -- a risk that comes with any wildlife tracking project. All we can say is that if this should happen, we would interpret the data, surmise what we can and report what happened as best we understand it.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

You can give our campaign a big boost by getting the word out to your friends and family. There are share tools right at the top of the page (underneath the video) to make it easy!

* Wondering who made our wonderful campaign video? It was Simba Productions and we highly recommend them!

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This campaign ended on August 12, 2014
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  • $125USD
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    Monocular for Wildlife Viewing

    Think of it as a mini telescope -- so small and light you can take it with you everywhere! You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    3 out of 30 claimed

  • $10USD
    A Place in our Hearts

    You will get an email from the entire Osprey's Journey team with our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your support!

    19 claimed

  • $25USD
    A Place on our Website

    Your name will have a place of honor on the Osprey's Journey website, and you'll also receive an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    16 claimed

  • $50USD
    Osprey Social Media Set

    You're obviously an Osprey lover! Now you'll be able to show it to the world with Osprey profile pictures and cover images for your social media accounts. You'll also get a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    4 claimed

  • $75USD
    Osprey Wallpaper

    We'll give you a stunning Osprey image for your computer that will send your spirits soaring! You'll also get an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    1 claimed

  • $75USD
    Historic Harbor Map

    For lovers of New York Harbor -- a historic map of the harbor and environs with topography, circa 1845 (print, approximately 36 X 24 inches). You'll also get an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    4 out of 10 claimed

  • $100USD
    Birdwatching Guide

    Take your interest in Ospreys to the next level with this birdwatching guide devoted to birds of prey! You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    7 out of 50 claimed

  • $100USD
    Compass

    This pocket compass will be a handy companion on all your nature hikes. You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

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  • $150USD
    Ticket to Shorebird Festival

    Come as our guest to the 9th Annual Shorebird Festival on August 23, 2014 at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where thousands of birds representing over 35 species regularly stop during their southward migration. You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks. (Travel to Jamaica Bay not included.)

    1 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $200USD
    Seat on Sunset Ecology Cruise

    Here's your ticket to the American Littoral Society cruise of Jamaica Bay led by Don Riepe on September 27, 2014 from 3-6 pm. The tour will take you past bird nesting islands and verdant marshes. Expect to see water birds along with the beautiful Jamaica Bay sunset. You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks. (Travel to Jamaica Bay not included.)

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $250USD
    Special Group Walking Tour

    You and your guest will join a National Park Service Ranger for a guided bird-watching tour of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with a special focus on Ospreys. Don't be surprised if while on the tour you see Coley, the first Osprey we tracked! You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks. (Travel to Jamaica Bay not included.)

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  • $250USD
    Osprey Print

    Grace your wall with a limited edition or antique Osprey print hand selected for you to show our appreciation. You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

    1 out of 6 claimed

  • $500USD
    A Call from Dr. Bob Kennedy

    Our project scientist will give you a call to express his appreciation on behalf of the entire team and answer your most pressing Osprey questions! You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

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  • $750USD
    Original Osprey Watercolor

    This exquisite Osprey watercolor is by artist and naturalist Dave Taft, who also happens to be Jamaica Bay Unit Coordinator for the National Park Service. In addition to this one-of-a-kind gift, you'll get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks.

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  • $1,000USD
    Sail out to C2's Nest Area

    Travel with Don Riepe to the nest site where you just might spy C2 or his mate! Get the back story on our project and learn about Ospreys from the man who has done the most to bring them back to Jamaica Bay. You'll also get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks. (Travel to Jamaica Bay not included.)

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  • $5,000USD
    Meet C2 in Person!

    Join Dr. Bob Kennedy and Don Riepe on Don's boat when they sail out to the nest and remove the GPS transmitter from C2 at the close of the project. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a wild Osprey face to face. You'll also have an opportunity to learn about Ospreys and satellite tracking from experts. In addition, you'll get Osprey wallpaper, an Osprey themed social media set, a place of honor on our website and an email with our heartfelt thanks. (Travel to Jamaica Bay not included.)

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    Estimated delivery: May 2015
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