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The surviving three young from last year’s successful nesting will stay in South America
this year. This is an evolutionary strategy that benefits the Osprey population. Most mortality
occurs during migration. Common loons are another of the few species that exhibit this benefit
of delayed return migration their first year.
With the first of April approaching, the adults from last year and the 2015 young are
beginning their return to Iowa. If Wells Fargo young from 2015 is surviving it might be included
in any additional Ospreys at the nest site. Two year-old youngsters from 2015 will roam around
Iowa until choosing a mate and nest site when they are four or five years of age.
In 2016 there were 24 Osprey nest attempts that we knew about. Twenty two successful
nests produced 42 young. There are three pairs separate from release sites at Independence in
Buchanan County and Colfax in Jasper County.
There is an Osprey Festival planned for May 20 at Quarry Springs at Colfax, Iowa. A
thank you picnic from 11AM to 3PM will be coming together in coming weeks. Save the date.
Hope you can join us.
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.
*Viewer Alert: In the wild, not every story has a happy ending. While we enjoy following the exploits of these amazing raptors, images of them dispatching prey and the young competing for survival can be graphic and upsetting to some viewers.