Hog Island Osprey Cam Needs You

From Janine Parziale: You’ve probably all heard about the new Osprey cam at Hog Island Audubon Camp. Our Ospreys, Rachel and Steve, named after Rachel Carson and Steve Kress, have had three hungry chicks. All the chicks are growing rapidly before our eyes. By the end of August, the chicks will be grown and ready to fly south.

The Osprey cam operates from early morning until dark. FOHI is thrilled to offer this great volunteer opportunity to operate the osprey cam from home remotely. If you’d like to be a volunteer, contact us below. An hour or two would be a great help, not to mention being a cool volunteer task.

Two Osprey chicks hug an unhatched egg.
Two Osprey chicks hug an unhatched egg.

6 thoughts on “Hog Island Osprey Cam Needs You

  1. Oh, my word! I’ve been watching the osprey cam off and on since the eggs first started hatching, when “Explore.org” alerted me to its existence. The beauty, clarity, camera work and sound quality were/are so stunning, I was just brimming over with gratitude for this great gift, enough that I (a phone non-enthusiast) was moved to actually pick up the phone and call the NY office, where, to my further amazement, a live human answered the phone — the actual person I was trying to reach — I believe it was Delta Willis.

    I am watching now this evening, and again have had the strong urge to offer to “stand in” for the camera operators if ever needed. So I googled, and lo and behold, here I find an invitation to do this from home! Wow! Maybe you already have enough volunteers by now, but please put me down as a back-up.

    I am a retired former English teacher, with a second degree in “Instructional Tech,” as it was called then, and a love for photography and filming. (http://lfjgill.com/art-gallery has some samples) I had been picturing volunteering *on site*, in any capacity, and still would very much like to do that — probably too late this season, but can I sign up for next? But I would also love to help from home if I can.

    The camera and/or signal does seem to cut out every so often, however, so I don’t know if that would disqualify me as an operator. Ms. Willis said that it was “the camera, not the connection”, so maybe it’s everybody’s lot.

    I *love* Maine, would drive up there at the drop of a hat, and am fairly free and flexible, being retired (I’m 66). Please let me know if I can help out. I don’t have money now, but I do have time (by far the greater treasure, in my view).

    Thank you. And THANK YOU to all who have made this camera possible, and who have been doing the wonderful job on the camera. Just great.

    –Leila Gill

    • Hello Leila,

      We’d love to have you as a volunteer for the osprey cam. As you see they are becoming teenagers before our very eyes. Janine Parziale is head of cam operators if you send an e-mail to president@fohi.org I’ll send it on to Janine. And, we’d love to see you on Hog Island. Juanita

  2. I have been a faithful watcher for over a year. I am a retired letter carrier and am available most mid afternoons. I’d love to be able to help.

    • Hello Lynn,

      I’ve forwarded your request to Janine Parziale who is managing the Osprey and other cams. She’ll be in touch shortly. Here e-mail is janine.explore@gmail.com Welcome to the FOHI volunteer team!

  3. I also have been watching the hatchlings since they broke out of their shells. I have watched them get fed 4 or 5 times a day until they were starting to feather out. One day last week, I saw that the chicks were gone! What the hell happened? With all the “bird watchers” running around below at the camps, I find it hard to believe that no one saw what happened? I want to believe that they were “removed” so that they could be “tagged” for tracking, but my better judgement tells me that it’s been too long to keep them away from the nest. Does ANYONE know what happened??

    • Dear Jerry,

      I am sorry to report that the resident Bald Eagles this past Friday afternoon took both the osprey chicks that we all have become so attached to. Unfortunately, nature is harsh even though each parent is seeking food for its offspring. When it happens right in front of us and we are helpless to do anything but watch, it is even more difficult. Please visit the blog at www. explore.org where Dr. Stephen Kress and Dr. Rob Bierregaard discuss this tragedy. All of us at the camp miss them terribly as they are part of our daily lives but we take comfort in the knowledge that Rachel and Steve are healthy and will nest again next year.

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