Category Archives: Research

Osprey Return to the Elizabeth River, Virginia Read more »

Osprey Return to the Elizabeth River, Virginia

During the height of the DDT era, breeding ospreys along the Elizabeth River in Virginia disappeared completely. Some 30 years later, when the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) surveyed the Chesapeake Bay osprey population, the tributary still seemed to be frozen in time. During the…


Follow Osprey Migration with Satellite Tracking Projects Read more »

Follow Osprey Migration with Satellite Tracking Projects

Migration is one of the most amazing feats performed by osprey with distances of 5,000 km or more from breeding to wintering territories.  Tracking osprey is nothing new (scientists have tracked them for decades) but each spring and fall we feel the thrill of watching…


Let the 2013 OspreyWatch Season Begin! Read more »

Let the 2013 OspreyWatch Season Begin!

In 2012, The Center for Conservation Biology launched Project OspreyWatch, a project created to engage a global community to collect data on breeding osprey. Linked by an interest in osprey and a concern for the health of the aquatic environments on which they rely, this…


Osprey banding season begins on James River Read more »

Osprey banding season begins on James River

Since returning to breed in late March the osprey population along the upper James River has produced a large crop of chicks.  Broods have now reached the ideal banding window between 4 and 7 weeks of age.  Beginning this week Bryan Watts, Marian Watts, and…


CCB Completes Gulf Spill Work with Eagles and Osprey Read more »

CCB Completes Gulf Spill Work with Eagles and Osprey

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010 and ultimately became the largest in U.S. history.  The spill was in a location that could potentially impact millions of birds including a large portion of all North American species.  In the months following the…


Virginia Study: Fewer Menhaden, Fewer Osprey Read more »

Virginia Study: Fewer Menhaden, Fewer Osprey

The Center for Conservation Biology leads research on the link between Osprey and menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay. Read the article from the Winter 2012 edition of  “Save the Bay: The Magazine of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation”.