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Island Audubon Society, TIOF to present webinar on ospreys

By Staff | Feb 23, 2021

ALAN POOLE Alan Poole holding an osprey.

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society and The International Osprey Foundation will host Dr. Alan F. Poole for a Webinar program, “Ospreys 2021 — The Revival of a Global Raptor,” Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

An author and associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Poole will bring attendees up to date on the status of one of the best-loved birds of prey using part travelogue, part biography and part scientific detective story. The editor of the Birds of North America life history series for 22 years, he lives along the Westport River estuaries in Massachusetts and has been studying ospreys for over 35 years. Poole has written two books on the species, including the recent “Ospreys: the Revival of a Global Raptor.”

The past 50 years have seen an extraordinary resurgence in osprey numbers globally. 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 — 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.

Poole will lead attendees through the 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 the osprey revival possible.

This is the last of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Webinars to be held this season. To register, up to five days before the program visit www.san-capaudubon.org/programs.html and click on “JOIN” in the description. A Zoom link for the program will be emailed to you.

All are always welcome to join.

To view a video of a Webinar after the presentation, click on “VIDEO” in its description.

There is no charge to participate. However, as a $10 donation was suggested for entry to the previous in-person series, a donation is still suggested by mailing the address listed at www.san-capaudubon.org or via PayPal at Paypal.me/SanCapAudubon or by donating to TIOF at www.ospreys.com. Donations are much appreciated and, after costs, help to promote conservation on the islands and in the state.

For more information, call 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.