The Chesapeake Bay is home to one of the largest populations of breeding Osprey now estimated between 8,000-10,000 pairs. Osprey are a key indicator for the health of the Bay ecosystem. This study continues a long-term monitoring study of osprey populations in the Bay. We visited 189 osprey nests in coastal Virginia during the 2013 breeding season to document occupancy and breeding activity. In 2013, average reproductive rates were 1.1 chicks/active nest and 1.8 chicks/successful nest. Fifty-nine osprey were banded to document survival and dispersal including 19 breeding adults and 40 nestlings. Six GPS transmitters were deployed on adult males.
Abundance/Distribution; Breeding/Demography/Population Dynamics
The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-13-08. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.
Mojica, E.K., B.D. Watts. R. Lukei, Jr. 2013. 2013 Chesapeake Bay Osprey Banding. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-13-08. College of William and Mary and The Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 9 pp.