provided to The Santiva Chronicle
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society and The International Osprey Foundation will host a joint webinar program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 entitled “OSPREYS 2021 – The Revival of a Global Raptor.” Dr. Alan F. Poole will bring us up to date on the status of one of our best-loved birds of prey using part travelogue, part biography and part scientific detective story.
The past 50 years have seen an extraordinary resurgence in Osprey numbers globally. Locally, on Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach, 125 osprey nests are currently being monitored by volunteer nest monitors. This good-news story has been triggered not just by cleaner waters and less contaminated fish, but also by greening cultures — dedicated groups of people who have built and protected nest sites for Ospreys and have brought the species back to regions where it has been missing for decades. Dr. Poole, will lead us through this story with dazzling looks at some of the places where Ospreys are found, and with introductions to a few of the colorful characters who have helped make this Osprey revival possible.
Alan Poole, an Associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was editor of the Birds of North America life history series for 22 years. He lives along the Westport River estuaries in southeastern Massachusetts, and has been studying Ospreys for over 35 years. Alan has written two books on the species to include the recently published Ospreys: the Revival of a Global Raptor; Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2019.
To register for this webinar, go to the Programs section of the San-Cap Audubon website within the five day period prior to the webinar’s scheduled date of 25 February and click on JOIN in the webinar’s description. After registration, a link to the webinar will be emailed to you. All are always welcome to join. To view a video of a completed webinar, click on VIDEO in the webinar’s description.
There is no charge to join the webinar. However, it is suggested that webinar attendees donate directly to San-Cap Audubon or The International Osprey Foundation. Instructions to do so can be found on their respective websites: www.san-capaudubon.org or www.ospreys.com All donations are much appreciated and after costs are used to promote conservation on Sanibel, Captiva and in Florida. For additional information, call (239) 395-1878.