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Volunteers attend osprey nest monitoring meeting

By Staff | Jan 22, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Rachel Rainbolt, from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, told the crowd about the clinic's wildlife rescue program and talked especially about raptors, such as the osprey.
PHOTO PROVIDED The TIOF board includes James Schnell, Carol Smith, Susan Tucker and Kathryn Brintnall.

More than 40 people attended a volunteer meeting for nest monitors for The International Osprey Foundation on Jan. 7 at The Community House on Sanibel.

The nesting season is under way and runs through May-June. Teams monitor more than 70 nests on Sanibel and others on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva. Keeping tabs on nest productivity is important as the osprey is an apex predator and an indicator of water-environmental quality, officials reported.

TIOF Treasurer James Schnell talked about the nest maintenance program, what has been done and want stills needs to be done. He added that about 15 nest sites were reported as needing maintenance in the past year; 10 platforms were replaced in the past six months; 15 platforms have been made to a new design by volunteer Jim Columbo and replaced; and three sites will require a new pole and platform repair. Carlos Hernandez and Fort Myers crew have been donating their labor to install the platforms.

Those interested in volunteering can call Nest Monitor Coordinator Carol Smith at 815-474-9281.