2006-04-06 / Letters to the Editor

Raptor thanks

On behalf of the Conanicut Island Raptor Project, we would like to thank all those who made this past "osprey weekend" a real success. Thanks to the Jamestown Education Foundation and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for providing the funding to bring Rob Bierregaard up from North Carolina. During his visit, Rob gave three terrific presentations about Conanicus and the osprey satellite tracking program. He spoke to over 250 students and teachers at the Jamestown School on Friday.

Thanks to Sam Fox of the Audubon Society for bringing a live great horned owl to the school presentation. Rob gave another presentation that evening at the Jamestown library to over 70 people, and on Saturday, he spoke at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's annual Birdfest Conference.

In all, we raised awareness about ospreys, and told Conanicus' story to over 400 people. Conanicus' parents even arrived from their winter down south in time for the weekend festivities. Conanicus will not return until next spring.

A special thanks to Kate Petrie and her family for organizing the guess-when-the-osprey-will-return contest. The winner of the contest was Kim Chandler, who estimated the ospreys' arrival time to within two hours! We would also like to thank the Jamestown Press for its support of the weekend's activities.

Finally, a very special thank you to Rob Bierregaard for his great talks and his willingness to become so involved with our project. Thanks Rob!

Betsy Gooding

and Chris Powell, co-chairs, Conanicut Island

Raptor Project

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