In March 2019, Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) and Narrow River Land Trust (NRLT) put up a platform along the Narrow (Pettaquamscutt) River for osprey to make a home. A pair of osprey came and started building a nest on the platform.
We are currently seeking funds to install a live webcam so we can all watch the osprey as they build their nest, lay eggs, hatch eggs and fledge their young.
The webcam will be free to all through NRPA and NRLT's websites. Importantly, it will NOT disturb the birds.
The webcam will be a big part of our Osprey Education Program, and can be viewed for free by anyone with a cell phone or computer.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
In 2014, we started teaching local fourth graders about osprey and their fascinating migration to the Amazon Rain Forest from New England each year.
In 2017, we got our own osprey mount (a dead, stuffed osprey) for people to see an osprey up close.
In 2019, we presented to more than 325 students at four local schools. We also expanded our program to present to two groups of senior citizens.
In March 2019, NRPA and Narrow River Land Trust installed an osprey nest platform on the bank of Narrow River. The platform was quickly adopted by a young pair of osprey.
When teaching about osprey, we incorporate concepts of ecology, preservation, stewardship and conservation.
To engage the public, especially local youth, we are seeking funds to install a webcam on the platform to provide a live video stream of the osprey nest on NRPA’s website.
The live video stream will offer a tremendous resource for both teachers and students to follow the osprey’s summer life cycle and daily interactions with the environment.
Throughout the year, the webcam will capture a compelling and ever changing view of the Narrow River landscape. The live webcam would be free of charge to anyone who wishes to watch the birds and views of the river.
To get started, we'll need about $6,000 to purchase the hardware needed to set up the webcam (camera, cords, solar panels, batteries, etc.), one year of internet service and one year of the webcam hosting service.
$10,000 would enable NRPA to install the webcam and do a full website upgrade that would make our website even better for visitors.
Thank you for considering a donation to our effort. We believe that environmental education is critical to public engagement in and protection of the environment.
Narrow River Preservation Association and Narrow River Land Trust are 501 (c) 3 certified non-profit organizations based in Saunderstown, RI. NRPA was founded in 1970 and NRLT was created in 1983.
Check out our osprey web page here, including photos, facts about osprey and our free printable osprey activity sheet: http://narrowriver.org/osprey/
More about Narrow River Preservation Association here: http://narrowriver.org/
More about Narrow River Land Trust here: http://narrowriverlandtrust.org/
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