September 2014 Monthly Meeting – Osprey in Michigan: A Story of Recovery

September 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
People's Church
1758 10th Street North
Oshtemo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

The comeback of the Osprey in Southern Michigan is a great story! Nearly absent from much of the state due to the effects of DDT and other pesticide use, Southern Michigan’s Osprey population continues to rebound.

DNR Osprey expert Holly Vaughn will speak about the biology, life cycle, decline, reintroduction, and research of the Osprey in Southern Michigan. Monitoring efforts are currently in place to track the revitalization of this species. This year, several birds were banded, and five Osprey chicks from area nests were outfitted with “backpack” satellite telemetry units. These units were funded by grants and are helping scientists track the young birds’ daily movements and seasonal migration patterns.

Holly Vaughn works for the Wildlife Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as the Wildlife Outreach Technician for Southeast Michigan. In this position, Holly gets to do her very favorite thing – educating others about Michigan’s fantastic wildlife! Holly graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife and an MS in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Resources. She is an avid birder, spending much of her spare time exploring Michigan’s woods and waters. Recently, Holly spent two years serving as the President of the Grand Traverse Audubon Club in her hometown of Traverse City.

Partners in this monitoring project include the MDNR, Huron Clinton Metroparks, The Detroit Zoological Society, Osprey Watch of SE Michigan, Huron Valley Audubon Society, and the US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.  Because Ospreys often nest on cell phone towers, several cell phone tower companies also assisted with this project including American Tower Corporation, Verizon Wireless, McFarlin Tower, Skyline Services LLC, Earthcom, Hydaker-Wheatlake Inc., Clearlink Wireless Solutions, Newkirk Electric, and Crown Castle International.

This first program of the 2014-2015 season will be held at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo, on Monday, September 22. The program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at the front or rear of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee cup.