Date: 5/9/18 6:32 am
From: Lorrie Shaw via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Osprey Meting
Menunkatuck’s monthly meeting will feature Dr. Paul Spitzer

Connecticut's Vital Role in the Osprey-Menhaden Story
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Canoe Brook Center, Branford (map <>)

Meeting is Free and open to general public
On May 23, learn about Connecticut's Vital Role in the Osprey-Menhaden Story from Osprey researcher Dr Paul Spitzer. Paul has spent 50 years studying the Osprey population on Great Island in Old Lyme. A few pair of Ospreys nested in Connecticut in the 1960s but the thin-shelled eggs (due to DDT contamination) did not hatch. Ospreys in the Chesapeake Bay area did not suffer from the DDT poisoning. Paul began bringing eggs and chicks from Chesapeake to Great Island to be reared by Connecticut Ospreys. In the 1970s, as the banned compounds gradually passed out of the ecosystem, the growing field of platforms enabled successful reproduction and osprey population growth. Join us for the story of how Connecticut’s Osprey population has grown to today’s level.

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