Osprey Population On the Rise

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PENSACOLA, FL -- Experts say the number of ospreys in the Florida Panhandle has grown in recent years.

The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida told the Pensacola News Journal on Wednesday that the number of eagle-like, shoreline predator birds is on the rise.

Sanctuary director Dorothy Kaufmann says this is a positive indication that the region has a healthy ecosystem. In past years, ospreys were a rare sight in the Panhandle because pesticide use had damaged their habitat and large-scale net fishing had depleted their food source.

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  • by mrf on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    One of my favorite birds to watch! You can see them right here in town (Tallahassee) on several of the lakes. Lake Piney Z had a nest with a baby in it very close to the shore near the playground. You can also see them diving for fish at the lakes in Killearn.
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