Electronic Tracking Follows Epic Migration of Osprey

Mar 25, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is using tiny cell-phone like devices in backpacks on osprey to follow the migration of the fish hawks from South America to North America.

Osprey populations have multiplied in the Chesapeake Bay since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the insecticide DDT in 1972. But the birds still face threats during their long migrations -- including oil spills in Venezuela, and being shot by hunters on islands in the Caribbean.  Wildlife enthusiasts who want to follow the daily adventures of three osprey -- nicknamed Woody, Tango, and Nick -- can watch their movements online at www.cbf.org/ospreymap.

Photo by John Rodenhausen/CBF