Scientists in the Field

Fall 2018 Osprey Update!

Here’s a happy update on the University of Montana Osprey Cam in Hellgate Canyon near Missoula. Good news—despite the early muddy high water in the Clark Fork River, osprey parents Louis and Iris were able to raise a chick this … Read more

Ospreys in Missoula: Spring 2018 Update

It’s early April, and time for ospreys to get back to work remodeling their nests and starting new families. Iris, the female osprey at the Hellgate osprey cam in Missoula, Montana, and her mate Louis, have both arrived and set … Read more

2017 Osprey Update

This spring brings a lot of news from the two Montana osprey nests featured in The Call of the Osprey.  I’ll get the difficult news out of the way first. As I wrote in 2016, Stanley, mate of Iris, the … Read more

Amazing, Chilling Video of Nature in Action

An osprey webcam on Hog Island, Maine, captured this amazing video.  If you’re an osprey fan, you’ll probably be sad.  If you’re an eagle fan, you might cheer.  But in nature, cheers and boos aren’t appropriate.  Wild things do their … Read more

2016 Osprey Update

There’s lots of news to share about the osprey nests featured in The Call of the Osprey that shows how nature can bring surprises. Last year, 2015, was a bad year for our birds. In the fall of 2014, Ozzie, … Read more

Update on the Montana Osprey Study Birds

This year was a bust for both pairs of ospreys featured in The Call of the Osprey. As I wrote earlier, Harriet’s mate Ozzie died in Fall 2014.  Several males came and went in the spring, but none of them … Read more

Update on Montana Ospreys

My excitement about the publication of The Call of the Osprey is dampened by disappointing news. A few days ago, a hail storm swept through the Missoula Valley, destroying the eggs in ospreys Iris and Stanley’s nest. The eggs were … Read more

Osprey News from Montana

A hail storm this past Sunday in Missoula, Montana damaged the eggs of famous osprey mates Stanley and Iris. The two birds are featured subjects of the new Scientist in the Field book The Call of the Osprey, which follows … Read more

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