Our resident pair of osprey will be with us once again this year. The birds have been observed in the last month carrying plant material to set up their nest. This afternoon, they were observed exhibiting mating behavior. This would mark the 9th consecutive year that the pair would nest on the platform on Shellmaker Island near the Back Bay Science Center. They first appeared in the spring of 2006 when the current Back Bay Science Center was under construction. The nest is built on a platform constructed by photographer and Newport Bay Naturalist Russ Kerr. The pole and its placement were a donation of Southern California Edison.
I manage the Community-based Restoration and Education Program based in Newport Beach, CA. I'll be writing on updates around Upper Newport Bay and news in the world of community-based habitat restoration.