The Southern NJ watershed organization Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc. has been instrumental in the recovery of osprey in the Maurice River Watershed. The Osprey's numbers plummeted in the 60s and 70s due to the chemical use of DDT to kill mosquitoes. Since the mid 1980's volunteers have been erecting and monitoring nesting platforms. When the project began about 3 chicks fledged on the Maurice River, today (2009) as many as 74 chicks take flight on the Maurice. Citizens United has constructed over 100 nests for groups all over NJ. Seen here are volunteers constructing and erecting an osprey nesting platform. For more information about the natural history of osprey and detailed plans for constructing and erecting nests go to their website http://www.cumauriceriver.org/pages/osprey.html Be sure to check out their nature slide shows as well.
This Osprey Platform was built on September 20th 2009. You can see it while walking the City of Millville's Riverwalk.