The primary purpose of the refuge's Environmental Education program is to motivate people to learn the role of management in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and to conserve and enhance our fish and wildlife resources. By using the refuge for structured educational activities in an outdoor classroom atmosphere, students will more fully appreciate and understand the natural world. The education activity should focus on the natural environment and the individual's role in it.
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Sometimes called sea hawks, ospreys are fish-eating raptors common to shorelines and coasts. They are often seen perched in large nests built of sticks or hunting over shallow waters. These birds carry their prey head-first from the water to a nearby area (such as a telephone pole or other structure) to feed.