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08-23-2007, 10:44 PM
An estimated 75 Osprey young fledged from at least 43 successful nests across Ohio


Columbus, Ohio- Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife estimate 75 young ospreys fledged from at least 43 successful nests across the state this year. In 2006, 75 osprey chicks fledged from 46 nests. Biologists were able to complete only a partial survey of this year's nesting sites, which accounts for the slight drop in number.

"We probably had a record-high number of successful nests this year," said Dave Sherman, osprey project coordinator for the Division of Wildlife. "However, time constraints and an increasing number of osprey nests did not allow us to obtain a complete count on nests and young produced in 2007."

Osprey nested in 23 counties in 2007 with 75 percent of the nests occurring in northeastern Ohio. Harrison, Summit, and Trumbull counties had the most nests with six in each county.

"After the nesting season and prior to migration, Ohio's osprey population is estimated to reach 150 to 175 birds," Sherman added. Included in that number are individual osprey that have been seen in other areas of the state. These birds, as well as the territorial pairs that did not nest this season, could return next year to establish territories and perhaps successful nests.

For the last two years, wildlife biologists have studied osprey migratory movements using a satellite transmitter attached to a male osprey that nested at Alum Creek in Delaware County. This bird generally starts its migration in mid-September and usually arrives in Brazil four weeks later. Progress of the bird's migration can be viewed at wildohio.com.

The Division of Wildlife began reintroducing ospreys into Ohio in 1996. For more than a decade, ospreys have successfully nested throughout Ohio.

Ohio's osprey management program is funded by donations to the Endangered Species and Wildlife Diversity Fund and sales of the cardinal license plate. Donations may be made to the Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, G-1, Columbus, OH 43229-6693, or by marking the check-off contribution box on the Ohio Income Tax form. Cardinal plates can be purchased at a local deputy registrar or by calling 1-800-PLATES-3. Additional funding is provided, in part, through matching funds from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grants Program that benefits species of greatest conservation need.

Media Contact:
Dave Sherman, ODNR Division of Wildlife (419) 898-0960, Vicki Ervin, ODNR Division of Wildlife
(614) 265-6325, or Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations (614) 265-6860