BIRD OF THE WEEK – FISH HAWK OSPREY

Bird of the Week
Fish Hawk:
Osprey
The Osprey is a large black-and-white hawk with long narrow wings, long legs, and a distinctive M-shaped flight profile. It is found on every continent except Antarctica; its diet and affinity for coastlines have earned it the nicknames “sea hawk” and “fish hawk.”

One of many bird conservation successes made possible by the regulation of pesticides, the Osprey has made a heartening comeback since the 1970s. Organochlorine pesticides, particularly DDT, had depleted Osprey populations by thinning the birds’ eggshells, wreaking havoc on nesting success. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and its ability to regulate pesticides is itself in danger.

Learn more and see Osprey in action >>

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