The Beach Haven Public Library presents “The Amazing Osprey: Monitoring and Managing New Jersey’s Official Bird of Summer” on Tuesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker Ben Wurst, habitat program manager with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will discuss how ospreys have grown from 50 nesting pairs in New Jersey to more than 600. He will share his experiences working with and managing osprey habitats through the New Jersey Osprey Project.
According to Wurst, New Jersey listed the osprey as endangered in 1974, but numbers began to rise after a nationwide ban on DDT and enhanced efforts to construct and maintain nesting platforms.
“A total of 932 young were produced in 2018, which is the most ever in the project’s history,” he said. “The average productivity rate, which is a measure of the health of the population, was 1.82 young/active (known-outcome) nests, and slightly above results over the past three years.”
Wurst received a B.S. in environmental science with an emphasis in wildlife conservation from Unity College in 2004. He also works on a variety of other conservation projects that include bald eagles, peregrine falcons and northern diamondback terrapins.
For information on the program, call the library at 609-492-7081.