Ospreys return to Alum Creek in central Ohio

t's spring and osprey, commonly known as fish hawks, are back from their winter vacations in Central and South America and are now nesting on Alum Creek Reservoir and elsewhere in Ohio.

An osprey open house was recently held at Hogback Ridge Preserve in Sunbury in Delaware County near Alum Creek Lake. Ospreys also nest on Hoover Reservoir.

Since 2001, 100 osprey have been raised in Delaware County. 

In 2012, Ohio DNR biologists reported145 osprey chicks were produced from 110 nests throughout the state, according to a news release.

With osprey chicks increasing steadily during the last 15 years, the Ohio Division of Willdlife has removed ospreys from Ohio's threatened species list, according to the news release..

With the number of breeding pairs steadily increasing over the past 15 years, the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife has removed the osprey from the state’s threatened species list.  The large raptors are protected against harm by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty

An ospreys'  breeding range has grown to include nests in 30 Ohio counties, producing an average of 1.8 chicks per nest, according to the ODNR.

Ohio began a program to reintroduce ospreys in Ohio in 1996, which was once common in the Buckeye State,according to the DOW. Osprey numbers declined in Ohio in the early 20th century because of the unregulated use of pesticides.

The osprey, which can reach 25 pounds with a wingspan of 4 to 5 feet,  is one of the widely distributed birds found on every continent except Antarctica.

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