IÂ ran across a guy’s name in the article–Mark Martell–and so read the story with heightened interest. IÂ had met Mark a couple of times while he was working for the Minnesota Raptor Center. He annually shows up in Fargo to help band the peregrine falcon chicks hatched on one of our downtown banks. He is currently head of Bird Conservation for Audubon Minnesota.
The story appeared in the mail. Actually, the newsletter for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The front page story is titled Backpacking Ospreys by Alan Poole.
For ten years, we learn, Mark has been attaching satellite tracking devices onto ospreys in hopes of gaining insight into the migratory vagaries of the birds. It’s fascinating stuff and the data continues to surprise and educate.
Click here to read about this cool project and watch tracked birds.