Children's book highlights biologist's work
Osprey Adventure by Jennifer Keats Curtis. Illustrated by Marcy Dunn Ramsey
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Osprey Adventure is a children’s story about a boy and his biologist father who save a young osprey from certain death. The boy is concerned when he spies a trash bag in an osprey nest. He and his dad boat around the bird’s channel marker and learn that, not only does the raptor’s home contain trash, but one of the fish hawks has become tangled in fishing line and is gravely ill.

This story, written by Jennifer Keats Curtis and illustrated by Marcy Dunn Ramsey, is based on the work of Pete McGowan, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologist, who has studied osprey for years. He believes that half or more of all osprey nests on the bay and surrounding rivers contain fishing lines, or similar cordage material. This story brings to light a problem among these well-known birds of prey.

Osprey entangled by fishing line in it's nest.
Photo by Pete McGowan, USFWS
Osprey entagled by fishing line it it's nest. Photo by Pete McGowan, USFWS.

Ospreys are only one example of wildlife that can be harmed. Line has been seen on other birds like black crowned night herons, gulls, great blue herons and several types of ducks. Other wildlife, including turtles, may come in contact with fishing line, as well as any animals that frequent shoreline areas.

Anglers can reduce the injuries or deaths to ospreys and other wildlife simply by properly discarding their fishing line and hooks. If possible, retrieve broken lines, lures and hooks. Always deposit them in trash containers or take them home with you. Help protect Chesapeake Bay wildlife.

For more information contact:
Pete McGowan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chesapeake Bay Field Office
177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis MD 21401

The Osprey Adventure website:

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