ICYMI: Earlier this summer our wildlife staff checked for chicks on our osprey platforms at Saganashkee Slough, Busse Woods, Baker’s Lake and Penny Road Pond. Our osprey propagation program started in the late 1980s and now boasts 20 nesting platforms throughout the county. The osprey at these locations had an exceptional year, producing twice as many offspring as in 2019.
Wildlife staff members measure and weigh the chicks, draw blood and check them for overall signs of health. Each chick gets an aluminum band with a unique identifier. Why band? If banded ospreys are found again, we can track their migration, health and causes of mortality.