Golden Gate Bird Alliance | Live Chat (2024)

  • How to use the Fish Counting Matrix to learn even more about Ospreys:

    The livechat moderators will be collecting info from the LiveChat archive on an ongoing basis (usually daily) during the season. On a regular basis, they will update the fish catch data and the entire logged catch info for the season will then become visible and downloadable for data analysis by everyone, including for classes, scientists, naturalists, and others.

    With an ever-accumulating running data set, it’s possible to put on our thinking caps and learn much more. We encourage everyone to learn by calculating ratios and percentages, graphing findings, and study the data to find patterns and draw conclusions from the numbers. Here are some relevant research questions you can apply to this data set…

    Can you/your class determine what ratio or percentage of fish brought to the nest were brought by Richmond (male) or the Rosie (female) Osprey? Can you explain any disparity you notice in number of fish each adult Osprey brought home?

    Can you tell us what was the most common fish species caught in April? How about in May, or in June? Why might the typical catch be different in different months?

    How many times per day does an Osprey bring in a fish?

    Does the number of fish deliveries increase when there are nestlings to feed? By how much, on average?

    Can you tell us how frequently, on average, a manmade object was brought to the nest? Can you think of ways that all of us can help make life safer for Ospreys who share our shorelines with us?

    If your class is working with data and doing projects on this topic, let us know. Perhaps we might choose to highlight your intriguing scientific findings in a social media post!

  • Can you help us take note of what Richmond & Rosie bring home?

    We’re inviting all fans of the SFBayOspreys to help us identify WHAT Richmond and Rosie are bringing back to the nest. We’re hoping this data will provide us all with a better understanding of our Ospreys and shed light on ways that we all can help to protect these magnificent birds and other Bay wildlife in their ecosystem. Based on informal sightings of fish caught in our first season, we’ve chosen a shortlist of likely fish that you may see either Richmond or Rosie bring back to feed themselves or their young.

    We’d like you to tell us what you see by noting the specific time of ARRIVAL of the fish (timestamp on the screen), which Osprey first brought it to their nest (see FAQ page for telling Richmond & Rosie apart), WHAT was brought, and any notes about the catch such as: whole fish, headless fish. When you see a fish brought in, please report these comments on the LiveChat, and include a screen capture if you can. The person who is the first to report the most fish accurately will win a prize at the end of the season.

    While there are myriad species of fish in our SF Bay, we’re only asking for your help to identify a very small subset of what’s out there. If the fish you observe on the livestream, is NOT one of these fish species, please comment as OTHER FISH and add notes that might help, such as “shaped like a Surf Perch but was solid black in color”.

    Lastly, and importantly, if what Richmond or Rosie bring to the nest is not a fish AT ALL, please report that PROMPTLY as well, on the LiveChat with the timestamp of arrival from the livestream and a screen capture. Ospreys collect and bring many man made items which could be harmful, such as (monofilament) fishing line, netting, plastics like straws and forks. We definitely want to know about these Items and precise time of arrival (from timestamps), too.

    Here are the target fish for this exciting adventure in Citizen Science Fish I.D.

    (Copyright for the fish illustrations and accompanying natural history below belongs to Val Kells. To discover hundreds more fish species found in our region, we recommend her book, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes from Alaska to California, published in 2016.)