Island Beach State Park's popular "Osprey Cam" is up and running for the 2017 season!

Ospreys traditionally return to the Jersey Shore area in mid-to-late March, and the IBSP Osprey Cam is a wonderful way to watch as the birds come back.

The nest and osprey camera are named after Paul D. "Pete" McLain, former deputy director of the NJ Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife. McClain was also a conservationist, hunter, fisherman, and writer, whose work to bring the osprey back from the brink of extinction is legendary.

Ospreys are a protected species, so the cam is the safest way to get an up-close view. Photographers flock (pun sort of intended) to Island Beach State Park this time of year to get amazing pictures as well. If you get some great shots, send them to us - we'd love to share work from local photographers!

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