Osprey hunting for fish. Photo courtesy of The International Osprey Foundation
Osprey hunting for fish. Photo courtesy of The International Osprey Foundation
What better way to welcome the New Year than an entertaining, informative presentation about those large brown and white birds that nest high up on platforms or in trees and make a lot of noise?

Visit the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 for The Story of Ospreys, which will kick off the 2019 Speaker Series in their Visitor Education Center, 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Rd.

Ospreys are large brown and white raptors that breed in southwest Florida from December through April. Their behavior is easy to observe due to them building nests out in the open. However, it is not always easy to understand, so presenter Claudia Burns, who has monitored osprey nests for 25-plus years as an International Osprey Foundation volunteer, uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior.

The presentation is dedicated to Mark “Bird” Westall, founder of The International Osprey Foundation, who recently lost his battle with ALS.

Reservations are recommended for the presentation, with admission of $10 for adults, $5 for teens, free for children under 13. For reservations or more information, call 239-472-3644, ext. 229.