Watch: Exploring the restoration of ospreys

Once a rare sight, osprey are common in New jersey today

Just 40 or 50 years ago, the osprey was a rare species in New Jersey. Today, ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) a common sight at places like the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area. Recently, representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and Henry Repeating Arms visited the marshland to survey and band osprey at the site. The effort was part of the Partner with a Payer program, an initiative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration program, which seeks to strengthen ties with the manufacturers that fund wildlife conservation through excise taxes on firearms.

For more on the effort, watch the video below.

Header Image: Ospreys were once a rarity, but their numbers have surged in recent decades. Credit: Ron Holmes/USFWS