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In addition to Pale Male and peregrine falcons, there are lots of other large birds in and around New York City. One particularly interesting story is the osprey comeback.

The plan from the New York Osprey Initiative's website

Once upon a time, there were osprey all over New York City. But loss of habitat and pesticides decimated their population. They are returning… slowly. To help the osprey, the New York Osprey Initiative is planning to build two new osprey nests – one in Sunset Park and the other on Governor’s Island, where it will be maintained by the New York Harbor School. The eventual nests will include built in web-cameras to track the birds and solar power to keep the cameras working.

The return of the osprey is a sign that the New York Harbor’s health is improving, with clean water and sufficient fish for them to live. This is also a chance for humans to show that our impact on the environment can be positive as well as negative.

For more information, check out the website of the New York Osprey Initiative. To learn more about osprey, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation has lots of great information. And, if you live in Queens, you can find many more osprey at Alley Pond Environmental Center.

We can’t wait to see beautiful osprey flying around New York Harbor in greater numbers very soon!

Ospreys Fern Ridge Reservoir Oregon

Osprey built a nest on this human-made platform in Oregon

PS: If you are looking for a field trip to learn more about animals coming back to New York City, check out the program Critter Comebacks here at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. We explore human impact on their environment and the adaptations animals have made to an urban environment, including information about salt marshes, hermit crabs, and peregrine falcons. For more information, go the the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s school programs website.

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