April 2019 Presentation: Osprey Recovery Efforts in Michigan

April 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 North 10th St
Phil Micklin

Join Barb Jensen and Kathy Hansen for ASK’s April 2019, presentation. From reintroduction to telemetry tracking, Ospreys in the southern half of the Michigan lower peninsula have made an incredible comeback − from zero nests identified in the 1960s to 70+ (and counting) in less than 20 years. The program on Michigan Ospreys will guide you through the process of hacking nestlings beginning in 1998 to the recent satellite migration imaging of Michigan’s juvenile birds. This is truly a success story involving many groups and individuals working together to achieve a common goal.

Barb Jensen retired from teaching in 1998 and began a volunteer “career” for the MDNR’s Osprey Reintroduction Project. In 2001 she was “promoted” to the Site Coordinator position at Kensington Metropark. In 2003 she began working alongside Ornithologist Sergej Postupalsky, helping him to identify and record Michigan’s nesting Osprey pairs, and received her banding permit. Currently, Barb serves as Michigan Osprey’s Program Coordinator. Although the tracking project ended in 2017, she continues to assist with nest identification and provides educational outreach programs.

Kathy Hansen began birding as a teenager. She worked in support roles for public education for 40 years. Since 2010 she has served as President of the Huron Valley Audubon Society, which is a chapter of Michigan Audubon. In addition to her personal membership in Michigan Audubon, Kathy is also included in the membership rosters of Washtenaw Audubon and the Hartland Nature Club.

You are invited to join us to meet and hear Barb and Kathy on April 22, 2019, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own mug to reduce dishwashing.