Saturday, April 20, 2013
Watch the family grow on Friends Of Island Beach's osprey cam
The osprey couple who have made their home on the nest near Island Beach State Park's interpretive center are now watching over two eggs. Viewers watching the Friends of Island Beach's osprey came discovered the second egg earlier this morning, according to the group's Facebook page. Berkeley Patch will continue to update the osprey family's progress. The mother and father bird arrived at the park on March 24 and promptly settled in making a home. You can watch the nest 24 hours a day, seven days a week by clicking here - The Friends of Island Beach Osprey Cam camera. Hundreds last year watched in awe as an osprey couple settled into the nest perched 40 feet in the air and began to make a home. The female bird laid three eggs, but only one…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Friends of Island Beach State Park's Osprey Cam is up and running
The waiting game is over. The osprey who make Island Beach State Park their home each spring and summer are returing to the park that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Their return was a bright spot after a dismal winter and early spring marred by Superstorm Sandy The Friends of Island Beach paid $10,000 back in October 2011 for the solar-powered "Osprey Cam," which runs day and night. The camera and platform were battered by the massive storm and had to be repaired. The camera was reinstalled a few weeks ago and the wait began. This morning, one osprey was spotted on the nest near the park's Interpretive Center, several miles in from the entrance, according to the FOIB's facebook page. Berkeley Patch will continue to update the …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunny skies, great turnout at event sponsored by The Friend of Island Beach State Park
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- Tim McCarthy
Monday, September 10, 2012
The 15th Annual Beach Plum Festival at Island Beach State Park went off without a hitch Sunday under sunny skies and near-perfect temperatures. The event was sponsored by the Friends of Island Beach State Park.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
15th Annual Beach Plum Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine
You've got to know where to look. That's Howard Height's take on where to find the prized pink-orange beach plums at Island Beach State Park. And he knows where to look. "There's several spots where there are plums," he said, somewhat secretively. He and his wife have a prized front row seat on Island Beach. They watch over one of the "shacks" that belongs to a friend. "It's peaceful," he said. "It's like being on a vacation. "This time of the year, you can't buy what we have here." Height is a longtime member of the Friends of Island Beach. The non profit group is holding its annual Beach Plum Festival at the park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. And unlike last year, when beach plums were scarce at the park, this year's harvest has …
Monday, May 28, 2012
One baby bird visible on nest by park's interpretive center, two more eggs to go!
The mother osprey sat patiently on the nest, day after day, night after night. She didn't move during a deluge a few weeks ago. She didn't budge, even when the temperatures dipped into the 40s. Dad also took his turns on the nest and foraged for fish. Sunday their vigilance was rewarded when the first of three baby birds cracked through its rust-colored shell and entered the world. "Multiple contributors are reporting a hatch!," a group member wrote on the Friends Of Island Beach State Park facebook page. "What are you observing?? Please take screenshots and post. Thank you! SO EXCITING!!" Ocean County residents and beyond have watched the osprey couple since they first flew to the nest back in mid-March. They watched as the birds …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Birds are now guarding three eggs in their nest at Island Beach State Park
Talk about mother love. The female osprey on the Friends of Island Beach's "osprey cam" didn't budge on a cold, wet, lonely night on top of the nest near the park's interpretive center. The bird swaddled her eggs with her wings as the rain from yesterday's Nor'easter came down in sheets and the nest - 40 feet up in the air - swayed in the gale-force winds. "Poor mama," wrote Marge Wells Anacker on the group's Facebook page. "That's total dedication. I hope and eggs survive (and Mama too)." Today things are drying out. And visitors to the nonprofit group's website and Facebook page have discovered the birds are now guarding three eggs. The non-profit Friends group purchased the camera and the solar panels to power the camera for about $10…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Visitors can view the osprey at the Friends Of Island Beach website and Facebook page.
Viewers have become accustomed to watching the osprey couple perched on top of a 40-pole on the Friends of Island Beach "osprey cam' near the state park's Interpretive Center. The birds have been busily arranging their nest since their arrival back at the park in mid-March. Their preparations have paid off. The female osprey is now incubating at least one egg. Both birds have stayed close to the nest since yesterday. Berkeley Patch plans to keep the "osprey cam" a running feature so visitors can watch as the eggs hatch and the chicks emerge. The non-profit Friends group purchased the camera and the solar panels to power the camera for about $10,000 back in October to prepare for the spring return. The camera is equipped with night vision …