Posted date: February 13, 2014
Rocky Mountain National Park is pleased to announce the beginning of a three year joint project between the park, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO), and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests that allows school children and the public to follow the migration path of osprey from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds.
To effectively conserve neotropical bird populations, it is important to coordinate conservation efforts between breeding habitats in North America with tropical regions in Mexico, Central and South America. Understanding the full life cycle of migratory birds helps identify conservation needs. Recent advances in technology make demonstrating migratory connectivity between countries and continents possible. The National Park Service and the RMBO are working together to better understand the migration route of local ospreys. This summer two female ospreys (named Shadow and Rainbow) that nest in the Arapaho National Recreation Area near Rocky Mountain National Park were outfitted with satellite tracking units.