Monitoring osprey

In this file photo, an osprey fresh from its long journey from South America was spotted on a nest near West Basin off Lobsterville Road in Aquinnah. Ospreys, also known as fish hawks, hunt by diving to the water, and eat little besides fish. This particular bird was later seen carrying a white perch in its talons. — Lisa Vanderhoop

Ever wanted to help protect local wildlife populations? Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is providing all the tools this Thursday and Saturday, as part of a citizen engagement program. Ospreys and their nests are a signature sight on Martha’s Vineyard, and every year, a census provides valuable data for protecting them. Sanctuary staff, with osprey researcher Rob Bierregaard and lead volunteer Dick Jennings, will train individuals to help survey the birds. Join them on Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 7 pm, or on Saturday, March 31, from 1 to 3 pm. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, call 508-627-4850, or visit