Friday, May 21, 2010

Pennsylvania needs help with Osprey nest survey

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is now seeking help from birders, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to document current osprey distribution and habitat use. Specifically, PGC biologist Doug Gross says, “We would like to find how many nests are active this year, how many chicks fledge, what type of water body they favor (e.g., rivers vs. reservoirs), and on what type of structures they are building their nests.”

To help, contact endangered bird biological aide Cathy Haffner (, and request a survey form. Or visit, click on “2010 Osprey Nest Survey,” and download a survey form. Two site visits may be needed - one soon to document an active nest, and a second visit later in the season (late June to mid July) to count young.

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