Osprey Rising

The sun sets on Osprey Banding Season
The sun sets on Osprey Banding Season 2015
Our Osprey chicks are fledging and taking to the skies right now, and so it is the close of the 2015 Osprey Banding Season. But at the very last light on the very last day, Barnegat Bay's Osprey Hero Ben Wurst had just one last, very special nest to check.
Our Osprey chicks are fledging and taking to the skies for the first time right now, and so it is the close of the 2015 Osprey Banding Season. It’s been a terribly long Season for Ben, with storms blowing chicks out of nests and a Bay ever more degraded and littered with our garbage for him to clean up than ever before. But for one last hoo-rah, at the very last light on the very last day, Barnegat Bay’s Osprey Hero Ben Wurst had just one last, very special nest to check. (Not this nest. This nest is a rare “natural nest” on a sandbar in the Bay. Despite the fading light, Ben just had to stop and check this out.)
Ben was joined by a very special guest that some of  you might recognize. That's right: Michelle Stantial, the Piping Plover hero, switched gears completely from playing with the itty-bitties on the Beach. Having these two awesome people in the same boat is like one of those Marvel (TM) movies where they team up all the different super heroes. Now we have to figure out how to get Ben to come Finger Snuggle some PIPL.
Ben was joined by a very special guest that some of you might recognize. That’s right: Michelle Stantial, the Piping Plover hero, switched gears completely from playing with the itty-bitties on the Beach and joined Ben for an Osprey Adventure. Having these two awesome people in the same boat is like one of those Marvel (TM) movies where they team up all the different super heroes. Now we just have to figure out how to get Ben to come Finger Snuggle some PIPL. Awesome!!11!!!
Running out of light, Ben sped off to that very special nest in the Sedge Islands as Osprey leapt over the rising moon overhead.
Running out of light, Ben sped off to that very special nest in the Sedge Islands as Osprey leapt over the rising moon overhead.
Wait a minute... we recognize this nest. This is the nest Ben found fallen over in the marsh in the early spring with two very confused adult Osprey trying to use it. Thank goodness he took the time to fix it.
Wait a minute… we recognize this nest. This is the nest Ben found fallen over in the marsh in the early spring with two very confused adult Osprey trying to use it. Thank goodness he took the time to fix it.
Flashback! Fallen.
Flashback! Fallen.
Looks like Ben did a good thing and some sturdy work when he repaired the nest back in the spring.
Looks like Ben did a good thing and some sturdy work when he repaired this nest at the start of the Season.
Because hidden in the nest is a very, very Happy Ending. And so this very special chick has joined the other elite Osprey of Barnegat Bay and received Red Band 96-C.
Because hidden in the nest is a very, very Happy Ending to the 2015 Season. Meet Feenix. And so this very special chick has joined the other elite Osprey of Barnegat Bay & Project Red Band and received Red Band 96-C.

You couldn’t make up a better story to demonstrate how important and how valuable the work the New Jersey Osprey Project does for us truly is. A million thanks to Ben, to the NJ Osprey Project, and to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.

Relive the magic and return to the start of the Season when Ben repaired this nest so Feenix could join us at the Beach, and keep this place a little more Wild!