Animals and Wildlife

Connecticut osprey numbers are on the rise

(WTNH) - It may only be in the 20s, and we still do have snow on the ground, but the birds are coming back soon. And the good news is you're about to see a lot of them.

It's a sure sign of warmer weather, seeing big ospreys flying around marshes in Connecticut.

Unfortunately, thanks to a harmful chemical called DDT used for agriculture in the 40s and 50s, the water quality and population of these birds has rapidly lowered.

"Of the thousand or more pairs of ospreys that were in the northeast prior to DDT, there were only a handful left at the mouth of the Connecticut River. And now, because of DDT is gone now basically, the ospreys have been increasing exponentially ever since," stated Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation with the Connecticut Audubon Society.

And more birds means a lot for the bird watchers like Matthew Male of the Audubon Shop in Madison.

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"I saw this giant bird plunge into the water next to the boat, grab a fish, and fly up and I had just learned about fishing so I was like this was amazing. And that's how I became a bird watcher," said Male.

And more birds means more excitement in the bird watching community, and subsequently more business to local shops.

You might buy a pair of binoculars, or a spotting scope. For cameras, people are taking pictures, so it's better business-wise. Spring is good for us. 

Not only does it help the birders, it's a sure sign that our local water quality is improving!

They eat only live fish, and so the better the water quality is, the more abundant and diverse the fish population is.

So, what's the message? Conservation works!


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