Hurricane Sandy’s Effects

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.

Coley’s summer nesting platform in Jamaica Bay

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.

Stay tuned to the Harbor Conservancy’s and Gateway National Recreation Area’s Facebook pages for updates on storm recovery in the park.


  1. Thank you for the update. I am also following the nest
    of a banded male osprey on Island Beach State Park, New
    Jersey and havent gotten any news. He is banded and left
    on time but does not have a GPS. Am looking for both of
    them to return in the spring. There is significant damage in
    all areas. When IBSP is open again I will look into how much. Meo will have a life long partner too I hope.

  2. Madelyn, I’m sure the nest platform (with the cam) at IBSP is fine. If platforms that are installed on the saltmarsh survived then the one there had much better chances of surviving un-scathed (and I would have heard about it by now…). I banded the young bird that was produced at this nest and it was a female, not a male. She flew south well before Sandy hit NJ and she won’t return to NJ until 2014. -Ben