Osprey Migration

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 and learning from this species as it makes the long-distance migrations between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

There are select non-migratory populations throughout the world that remain as residents in their region. They may move locally during the non-breeding season. Examples are osprey in Australia, Corsica, and Florida.

Known migration paths from banding and tracking studies.

Known osprey migration paths from banding and tracking studies.

Please visit these research websites for additional information on tracking osprey.

North America

Project OspreyTrak. Center for Conservation Biology & the Virginia Aquarium, Virginia, USA 

OspreyTrax, Rob Bierregaard, USA

Project OspreyTrack. Squam Lakes Nature Center, New Hampshire, USA

Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan, USA

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York, USA

Friends of the Osprey & Bird Studies Canada, Canada

Grand Teton National Park, Montana, USA


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Loch Garten Ospreys, Scotland

Dyfi Osprey Project, Wales

Scottish Wildlife Trust, Loch of the Lowes, Scotland

The Wildlife Trusts. Rutland Ospreys, England

Highland Foundation for Wildlife, Scotland

Sääksisäätiö and the Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland


If we’ve missed an osprey tracking project, please email osprey@osprey-watch.org and we can update this page with additional tracking projects.