Chesapeake Bay Field Office Finds “Foster Homes” for Osprey Chicks
Top, CBFO biologist Pete Mcgowan checks potential foster nests. Photo by: Chris Guy. Bottom, Foster osprey chick (with band) in foster nest with similarly aged chick. Photo by Pete McGowan
Life isn’t always easy for osprey chicks on the Chesapeake Bay. Often, storms and other phenomenon displace the young birds from their nests. Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologists working on the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island coordinate with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Inc. to put displaced osprey chicks into suitable foster nests.
In June 2012, three young ospreys, approximately 4-5 weeks old, were delivered by Suzi Feldhuhn, Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Inc. volunteer, to the Poplar Island wildlife management team for relocation into suitably-aged osprey foster nests on Poplar Island and the South River, near Annapolis MD.
To reduce holding times and therefore stress on the foster chicks, the wildlife management team conducted reconnaissance of several osprey nests in the above locations the day before the relocation. On July 23, 2012 another young osprey, 6 weeks old, was received from Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Inc. and relocated into a foster nest on Poplar Island.
Subsequent monitoring of the foster nests showed that all four foster chicks had fledged. The team has successfully relocated 11 osprey young between 2009 and 2012.
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October 1, 2012