February 27, 2019 | Number of The Day
Number of young ospreys found in nests in NJ in 2018

Surveys of osprey nests conducted by a team of volunteers indicate that 2018 was another in a series of good years for the once endangered bird of prey in New Jersey.

According to the report of the 2018 Osprey Project in New Jersey, an effort involving both the state Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, the researchers documented 932 young birds, the highest number ever recorded in New Jersey.

A total of 589 nests were surveyed and outcomes were determined in 87 percent of them. The goal of the project is “monitor and manage the state population of breeding ospreys to ensure they remain stable in New Jersey.”