A continuous rise has been witnessed in the population of New Jersey's osprey. The state is urging citizen observers and private groups to keep a check on the threatened birds. In order to encourage citizens who observe the birds to report the sightings, red bands have been placed on young ospreys. This is different from the traditional bands used by scientists to track bird migration and age.
According to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife and the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation, 567 nesting pairs of ospreys are estimated to exist in the state this week. The number of ospreys born per nest is two now, which is double than what is needed ensure as stable population.