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Ospreys Begin to Spread Their Wings
Posted: 08/13/2013
Volunteers in Carroll and Dubuque counties are preparing to release nine young ospreys with the hope that the raptors will return to the area to raise to raise their young. 

Ospreys return to nest where they learn to fly and to forage for fish. Ospreys, particularly the males, will imprint on Iowa and return to nest at three or four years of age.

The Carroll County hack facility opened Tuesday morning, where two ospreys will come and go as their fishing skills are perfected.  Fish will be supplemented until the young achieve self sufficiency.  
Five ospreys at Dubuque are in the process of achieving self sufficiency. 

Two ospreys at the hack facility at White Rock Conservancy will be released in the coming days.  
Elsewhere, there are 18 osprey pairs fishing the waters of Iowa’s lakes, rivers and ponds.