Osprey Viewing Blind

Visit the LBIF Osprey Viewing Blind to watch as LBI's most famous ospreys raise young. Photo by Northside Jim.

Visit the LBIF Osprey Viewing Blind to watch as LBI’s most famous ospreys raise young. Photo by Northside Jim.

The Osprey Viewing Blind was designed to give our members and visitors to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences a great view of their local wildlife, especially nesting ospreys. It was built locally using locally grown and milled Atlantic white-cedar. The roof is made from reclaimed steel and an antique chestnut beam was used to support the open corner (look for the roman numerals!).

We have two pairs of nesting ospreys on our property and they are two of four who nest on LBI proper. Do you know where the other two nests are? The blind here will be seasonally installed from late March to early September. It’s important to follow the rules addressed below to ensure that the osprey family is safe and that the marsh walkway remains open to the public. Thank you!

  • Please, no dogs along the saltmarsh section of the trail.
  • No Smoking, drugs or alcohol.
  • Be quiet.
  • Do not go beyond the blind and try to approach the osprey nest. They will attack!
  • When you leave, please exit the area quickly and quietly. The Osprey will notice when you exit the blind and walk down the path.
  • Leave things how you found them.
  • Share the blind.
  • Carry in; Carry Out! Leave No Trace!

Photos of the Blind:

The blind was handcrafted using locally milled cedar and reclaimed materials for the post, roof and bench.

The blind was handcrafted using locally milled cedar and reclaimed materials for the post, roof and bench.

Walking along the trail to the blind. Photo by Kyle Gronostajski.

Walking along the trail to the blind. Photo by Kyle Gronostajski.

 

View of the nest from the blind. Photo by Kyle Gronostajski.

View of the nest from the blind. Photo by Kyle Gronostajski.

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