Rachel Rainbolt, CROW Development and Education Manager, left; Susan Tucker, Interim President, TIOF; Claudia Burns, The Story of Ospreys presenter at CROW; and Carol Smith, TIOF Director and Nest Watch program coordinator. Photo provided
Rachel Rainbolt, CROW Development and Education Manager, left; Susan Tucker, Interim President, TIOF; Claudia Burns, The Story of Ospreys presenter at CROW; and Carol Smith, TIOF Director and Nest Watch program coordinator. Photo provided

The International Osprey Foundation has sponsored the reprint of 10,000 copies of a coloring book featuring the Osprey. The book, ‘Look Who’s Flying,’ is intended as an educational tool in line with the Foundation’s mission.

The book was conceived and written by Claudia Burns and illustrated by Dave Horton in 2005, under the auspices of TIOF. The free, educational book focuses on the “tough love” technique used by Osprey parents to teach a reluctant chick how to fly.

Burns is the presenter of the The Story of Ospreys at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. She has monitored Osprey nests for 25 years and co-presented with “Bird” Westall for many years and learned a lot about these raptors from the “master.”

The coloring book is available at CROW’s Visitor Education Center, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and on TIOF’s website as a free download. Through educational programs and materials such as coloring books, TIOF encourages the public to learn about the fascinating lives of these excellent anglers.

Founded in 1978 by Mark “Bird” Westall, The International Osprey Foundation, organized as a non-profit group, is dedicated to the ongoing preservation of the Osprey as well as others in the raptor family.

The Osprey, a large brown and white bird of prey, is unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into the water to catch them. They are also considered an indicator species for the health of local waters.

TIOF’s Nest Watch teams monitor Osprey nests during nesting season on Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers. Membership dues help support research grants, awarded primarily to university graduate students working on Osprey and raptor projects throughout the world. The Foundation also offers guidance and assistance in providing Osprey nesting platforms on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, which increases the life span of the Osprey by 50 percent.

For more information about TIOF, visit: www.ospreys.com. Anyone interested in becoming a Nest Watch team member, want to report an Osprey platform in need of repair or looking to help with TIOF’s mission to help preserve Osprey, email Susan Tucker at sanibelsue@msn.com.