The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

July 10, 2003

MacBride Raptor Project To Band Three Young Osprey

The MacBride Raptor Project (MRP) will be banding three young osprey on Wednesday July 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Oak Shelter at MacBride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA). These birds share the distinction of being the second documented, wild, hatched osprey in Iowa since the European settlement.

These three young osprey, which hatched in a nest on the Coralville Reservoir, are just three of four osprey born in Iowa this year.

"This is a tremendous reward for the volunteers who put in thousands of hours to get to this point, helping reintroduce these birds to Iowa," said Jodeane Cancilla, MRP director. Since 1997, over 100 people have helped in the effort, she added.

The three birds to be banded by Macbride Raptor Project staff on Wednesday were born to two adult osprey fledged from introduction sites (hacking boxes) in the state's osprey introduction efforts. The male parent is a bird fledged from the Raptor project in 1998 and the female parent is fledged from a site at the Saylorville Dam in 2000. Assisting with the collection of the young osprey will be Mick McGrew of General Tree Service from Tiffin.

About 200 children from the University of Iowa's Wildlife Camps will be able to observe the osprey banding.

Ospreys reach maturity in their third year, and can weigh between 2.75 to 4.5 pounds with a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet, making it close in size to a small eagle. Although the osprey is sometimes called the fish-hawk or fish-eagle, it is neither a hawk nor an eagle, but a related species with its own classification. Most osprey hatchings in the Midwest have occurred in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but this is only the second hatching in Iowa.

The MRP is co-sponsored by the UI and Kirkwood Community College. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources also participates in the project and has established eight nesting platforms along the Coralville Reservoir and Lake MacBride shorelines.

The MacBride Raptor Project, founded in 1985, is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habits. The project achieves its goals through the rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For further information, contact Jodeane Cancilla, director of the MacBride Raptor Project 319-398-5495

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012, Christina Preiss