We may know that Coley is now situated at his winter home in South America for the next few months, but our minds are admittedly focused on what’s happening at his breeding ground. Our Osprey’s summer nesting site is Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Queens, an area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The National Park Service is hard at work cleaning up the park and making it safe for visitors and employees, but the process will be a slow one. In the meantime, we wanted to let all of Coley’s fans know that his nest platform did indeed survive the storm.
Ranger Dave Taft took the above photo while touring the damage at the Refuge. He’ll update us more fully when the affects have been assessed, but as of today we know that the Refuge trails, and crucially, the freshwater ponds have been damaged by the storm. Hopefully by the time Coley and his mate arrive in the bay the Refuge will be largely restored, but at the very least we know he’ll have a nest to return to.