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The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Ospreys 2019: The Revival of a Global Raptor


Over the past 50 years there has been an extraordinary global resurgence in Osprey numbers from Cape Cod to Scotland and from Finland to New South Wales, Australia.  This good-news story has been triggered not just by cleaner waters and less contaminated fish, but also by dedicated groups of people who have built and protected nest sites for Ospreys bringing the species back to regions where they were missing for decades.

Alan Poole, author of a recently published book Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor; Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2019, will lead the audience through this story with dazzling images 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. Part travelogue, part biography, part scientific detective story, this talk will bring us up-to-date on the current state of one of our best-loved birds of prey. Book signing will follow the presentation.

ALAN POOLE, an Associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was editor of the Birds of North America life history series (18 volumes, 18,000 pages) for 22 years. He lives along the Westport River estuaries in southeastern Massachusetts, has been studying Ospreys for over 35 years, and has written two books on the species.

Free with Museum Admission

For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.