Learn about the Return of Osprey on Tuesday Afternoon, July 18, at Audubon

Ospreys, also known as Fish Hawks, have returned to our area. You can learn about their return and visit a nest at “A Fish Hawk’s Tale” on Tuesday afternoon, July 18, at Audubon Community Nature Center. Like the one pictured, these medium raptors, or birds of prey, can reach more than two feet in length with a six-foot wingspan.

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A few years ago, large nests started appearing on power line poles in Chautauqua County.

These nests belong to Ospreys, also known as Fish Hawks. The diet of these birds of prey consists almost exclusively of fish, and they nest near a body of water that provides an adequate food supply.

You can learn and experience A Fish Hawk’s Tale at Audubon Community Nature Center on Tuesday afternoon, July 18. The program will look at the life and times of this unique bird and why, after a long absence, more are now visible in this region.

Following a brief indoor session beginning at 4:30 p.m., the class will head out on the road to carpool to a local osprey nest. Participants will observe the nest with spotting scopes and binoculars to see the ospreys up close. The adventure will conclude by 6 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Jeff Tome, a senior naturalist at Audubon. Tome has been observing the return of the ospreys and their nests since they started appearing.

Bring binoculars if you have them, and remember to dress for the weather.

The fee is $16, $12 for Nature Center members and children ages 9-15. Space is limited. Paid reservations are required by Monday, July 17: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through the Events page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.