The osprey monitoring project is a joint effort by Fisher & Schmidt in conjuction with The Feather Rehabilitation Center of New London Wisconsin. Without the help of WE Energies, Dan Verhagen, an employee of WE Energies and Don Baumgartner, a long time volunteer of the Feather, this project would not be possible.
The osprey returned to New London Wisconsin on March 31st this year. All 3 of the established sites in the area have pairs on them, we are still waiting for the 4th pair to return to a new nest site that unfortunately failed last year.
In addition to the 4 sites, there were 6 more platforms put up this winter spanning 2 counties. We also learned of sites in Hortonville & Weyauwega that had pairs on them last year but we were unable to watch them closely.
This is the 3rd year that we have monitored the sites. It is our hope to attract more nesting pairs to the area and to be able to band the chicks before they fledge. These are our observations, recorded notes and photos documenting each nest site. We try to go every day. We sit and watch when it is good weather, we watch when it is cold, windy and sometimes downright miserable. And by the time the eggs hatch, we will have sat in mosquito infested swamps and in the heat and humidity. You may ask why would 2 adult people do this, quite simply we are obsessed with ospreys!
We hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Thanks for looking!