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Osprey young across Iowa have begun taking flight and will begin spending less time in the nest and more time learning to fish with their parents and gaining their independence. Ospreys begin their migration in mid-September down the Mississippi flyway, across the Gulf of Mexico ending in Central and South America in October. This year’s young will remain in South America until spring of 2018.
Thank you to the staff at Wells Fargo West Des Moines campus for providing the camera that allowed viewers to enjoy these unique hawks from incubation to first flight. There have been 25 nesting pairs of ospreys reported this year in Iowa. The first successful nesting since European settlement was at Spirit Lake and Iowa City in 2003.
Check back next spring for another live cam experience.