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ospreys

USGS

Studies from the United States Geological Survey show a decrease of pollutants in the Delaware Estuary is good news for the First State’s osprey population.

Dennis Bartow / Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Staff at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays say ospreys are back in the bays this spring.


Reese Lukei

Osprey, like bald eagles, are a comeback story.

Their eggs were destroyed by the pesticide DDT, until it was banned in 1972, when there were only about 1,400 breeding pairs of osprey around the bay. By the late 1970s scientists began seeing osprey in southeastern Virginia, according to Reese Lukei, who monitors osprey nests in that region, along with Chrystal Matthews for the William and Mary Center for Conservation and Biology and the Virginia Aquarium.

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Ospreys are starting to come back to their nesting areas in the Inland Bays.