IJAMS hosts osprey observation

KNOXVILLE – On Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10am-12pm, join Ijams naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for a road trip to Sequoyah Hills to observe osprey nesting. Last year, attendees of this event were fortunate to watch parent birds begin the intricate training of their young fledglings.

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With a wingspan of over 5 feet, the osprey is one of the largest birds of prey in North America. It eats live fish almost exclusively and is therefore usually found near large bodies of water.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, over 150 osprey nests were counted during waterbird surveys across Tennessee in 2012, however only maybe 10 percent of the river miles in the state were surveyed. This expansion was also facilitated by the erection of numerous nesting platforms across the state, which continues to the present.

The osprey is one of the most widespread birds in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica. During the winter, North American breeding osprey mainly winter south of the United States, in Central and South America.

The fee for this program is $12 for Ijams Nature Center members and $15 for non-members. Brunch will be served during the event and will consist of a hearty continental breakfast provided by IJAMS newest gourmand, Kodie Underwood.

IJAMS is a 300-acre urban greenspace and environmental learning center located at 2915 Island Home Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.