Coleman P. Burke wants to see Jamaica Bay and the New York Harbor restored to their former state of natural glory. As part of his efforts to do that, he's keeping an eye on the osprey.
One particular member of the species of seaside birds of prey, in fact. Mr. Burke donated $25,000 to fund an effort to equip Coley, a male osprey, with a GPS device to track his local hunting trips near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, as well as his annual fall migration.
"This used to be a great, wonderful harbor—the oyster capital of the world," Mr. Burke, the founder of Waterfront Properties, a New York City-based commercial real-estate company, said. "I want to bring that back and energize the people of New York about the great harbor and estuary they have. The study of migration can help improve the health of harbors up and down the East Coast."
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.