|" "For me, banding is the glamorous part. It's my reward for countless hours sitting on the hot, humid, buggy marsh, straining to see my nests. Definitely a labor of love." -Christine Morabito/Greenbelt Osprey Monitoring Program|
Back in 2007 Dave saw the need for nesting platforms for the local osprey — tree removal and coastal development had reduced available nesting sites and structures being used were often unsafe — so, he started building and installing platforms. Aside from building nesting platforms, Dave bands young osprey when they are almost fully fledged — just before they are old enough to fly. Banding birds helps researchers better understand how and where to direct conservation efforts. Essex County Greenbelt has also collaborated with a leading osprey researcher, Rob Bierragaard, to study osprey migration using solar-powered transmitters that sit on the osprey’s back rather like a little backpack. These transmitters allow more precise tracking of osprey movements than banding does. This is important. Osprey migrate to Central and South America during the winter. Because of satellite tracking, we are now getting a better idea of where exactly osprey winter, what resources they utilize along the way, and how best to direct conservation efforts.
|Returning juvenile osprey to nest|