New project to track ospreys in NH

Posted July 17, 2011, at 8:28 p.m.

BRISTOL, N.H. — A new research and education project will track the international migrations and food foraging strategies of ospreys in New Hampshire.

Public Service of New Hampshire is supporting the effort by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Information gained by the effort will help focus conservation efforts where they are most needed.

The project will use lightweight, solar-powered satellite transmitters attached to the backs of juvenile birds to track them. Web-based technology will allow real-time virtual tracking of multiple ospreys as they migrate from New Hampshire to South America and back.

The project plans to track 15 New Hampshire ospreys for five years. Transmitters were deployed last week on youngsters at a nest at the Ayers Island Hydro Station. A web site is planned so anyone can view their journey.

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