As spring weather returns to the Rhode Island area, so will the growing population of osprey, a type of coastal bird. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island reports the number of osprey spotted nesting in Rhode Island has risen sharply over the last couple of years. The population has been monitored since the 1970s, when the fish-eating birds nearly disappeared from Rhode Island’s coastline.
Jonathan Scoones at the Audubon Society called the recovery of the osprey population an environmental success story.
“The shallow water habitats where they frequent are obviously becoming much cleaner as they are chasing the fish up into more areas, and becoming more plentiful," said Scoones. "So the habitats are able to support the increased number of osprey that are now living in these shallow-water habitats."
This spring local volunteers and scientists will continue to track the osprey population in Rhode Island.