Habitat and Habits
: Ospreys eat fish almost exclusively, from both salt and freshwater. They are found across the U.S., mostly during their migration, but they tend to nest in open areas near water like lakes and salt marshes. These hawks migrate from far north in the U.S. and Canada down as far as South America in the winter.
: Least Concern.
Ospreys are a popular conservation success story. Their numbers declined dramatically after farmers started using DDT as an insecticide for their crops. The DDT was ingested by fish that were then eaten by ospreys, causing the birds’ eggshells to become thin and easily breakable and endangering the species. After DDT was banned in 1972, the osprey population bounced back and is currently thriving.
Ospreys mate for life
Osprey are usually solitary, but come back to their mate in the spring to nest
After years of adding to the same nest, osprey nests can be as deep as 13 feet and 6 feet in diameter
On BHI: You can find ospreys all across the island, usually by the water hunting for fish. Take a
Kayaking the Creeks
tour with the conservancy to check out the salt marsh osprey nesting platforms and get a chance to see baby ospreys!
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