2010-04-29 / About Town

‘Lives of ospreys’ and live raptors featured at library talk Wednesday

The Conanicut Island Raptor Project will sponsor “The Lives of Ospreys: A Satellite’s Eye View,” a lecture by Dr. Rob Bierregaard, noted ornithologist and osprey expert, this Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

The lecture will include a live raptor demonstration from the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Satellite telemetry has opened a fascinating window into the lives of many species of birds – ospreys included. This new technology enables us to study migration routes and timing as never before, and also offers insights into how ospreys learn their migration routes and where they are most vulnerable during their 6,000-mile trip between the breeding grounds and their winter hideouts.

The recent upgrade of the technology to include GPS accuracy allows us to follow the ospreys’ hunting behavior and reveals the not-too-surprising fact that each osprey fisherman has his favorite fishing holes.

Call the library at 423-7280 for more information.

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