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Osprey coloring book now available

April 24, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The International Osprey Foundation has sponsored the reprint of 10,000 copies of a coloring book featuring the osprey. The book, "Look Who's Flying," is intended as an educational tool in line with the foundation's mission. Conceived and written by Claudia Burns and illustrated by Dave Horton, the free book focuses on the "tough love" technique used by ospreys to teach their reluctant chick how to fly.

Burns is the presenter of the program "The Story of Ospreys" at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. She has monitored osprey nests for 25 years and co-presented with "Bird" Westall for years and learned a lot about the raptors from the "master." The book is available at CROW's Visitor Education Center and the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor & Education Center, as well as the foundation's website. Through educational programs and materials such as coloring books, the foundation encourages the public to learn about the lives of these excellent anglers.

Founded in 1978 by Mark "Bird" Westall, the foundation - organized as a non-profit group - is dedicated to the ongoing preservation of the osprey, as well as others in the raptor family. The osprey, a large brown and white bird of prey, is unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into the water to catch them. They are also considered an indicator species for the health of local waters.

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From left, CROW Development and Education Manager Rachel Rainbolt, International Osprey Foundation Interim President Susan Tucker, author Claudia Burns and Carol Smith, foundation director and Nest Watch program coordinator.

The foundation's Nest Watch teams monitor osprey nests during nesting season on Sanibel and Captiva and in Fort Myers. Membership dues help support research grants, awarded primarily to university graduate students working on osprey and raptor projects throughout the world. The foundation also offers guidance and assistance in providing osprey nesting platforms on Sanibel and Captiva, which increases the life span of the osprey by 50 percent.

For more information, visit: www.ospreys.com.

To become a Nest Watch team member, to report an osprey platform in need of repair or to help with the foundation's mission to help preserve osprey, email Susan Tucker at sanibelsue@msn.com.

 
 

 

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