VIMS After Hours: Ospreys 2020 – The Revival of a Global Raptor
The past 50 years have seen an extraordinary resurgence in Osprey numbers globally — from the Chesapeake to Scotland and from Finland to Australia. This good-news story has been triggered not just by cleaner waters and less contaminated fish, but also by greening cultures — dedicated 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. Alan Poole, author of a recently published book on the species (Ospreys: the Revival of a Global Raptor; Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2019), will lead us through this 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 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 our best-loved birds of prey.
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.
Dr. Poole will answer questions following his presentation. Questions can be submitted in Zoom using the Q&A function.
This lecture will be live streamed only. Registration is required due to limited webinar space. After Hours lectures begin at 7:00 PM and are designed for an adult audience but all ages are invited to watch.