Last week I went with the Cape Water Tours and Taxi crew to tag osprey on the Broadkill River. Captain Steve has been banding osprey for a long time and his knowledge is extensive. They have the permits to do this work. You will learn a lot about osprey on these banding tours. The kids will love the experience. We cruised up the Broadkill River and visited a osprey nesting platform. There were two baby osprey in there, they were removed, and brought to the boat side to show the passengers how the banding is done. These are federal tags or bands that are numbered, used to track osprey’s movements, and lifespan. Captain Steve has had some of his tags found in some interesting places. Once banded the juveniles are placed back in the nest and once the boat leaves the parents will come back to the nest. None of the animals are harmed. In fact these tagging programs have helped increase the populations.
Retrieving the baby osprey from the nest …
We had a big problem back in the day with osprey numbers dropping but due to conservation efforts they are now bouncing back and in some cases to the point there are too many of them in some areas. If you get a chance check out one of the osprey tours or even the sunset or eco-tours. These are all fun for the whole family and very educational. The nest tagging expeditions will be on July 7, 12 and 14 from 10:15 am- 11:45am.