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UPDATE: TIOF cancels annual meeting

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Robert Domenech releases an adult golden eagle.

UPDATE:

The International Osprey Foundation has canceled its annual meeting set for March 26.

President Susan Tucker said the board made the decision to limit any potential for further exposure to the coronavirus.

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ORIGINAL (Feb. 28, 2020):

The International Osprey Foundation will hold its annual meeting on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Robert Domenech, founder and executive director of the Raptor View Research Institute in Missoula, Montana, will be the keynote speaker.

A pioneer in raptor research in Montana, Domenech spent about 10 years hiking up ridges across western Montana looking for where raptors get funneled and congregate during migration. His efforts and research are pioneering in the state and the organization is now collecting unprecedented data on raptor migrations. He was the first to start asking questions about ospreys along the Clark Fork River and got the banding efforts rolling.

Domenech is a master bander with the Bird Banding Laboratory at the United States Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He works with most raptors, including eagles, hawks and kestrels. Since 2006, Domenech has been involved with the Osprey Toxicology Project. Its purpose is to examine the causes, locations and possible effects of mining-related and atmospheric contaminants, such as mercury, on osprey and the ecosystems that support them.

“To date, we have accessed more than 40 nests, drawn blood samples for heavy metal analysis and banded 250 nestlings,” he said. “Our osprey project is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind.”

Another osprey project that began in 2012 is a telemetry study to investigate the migratory ecology of osprey from western Montana including: where they winter; what migration routes and stopover-areas are used; and what major anthropogenic mortality factors are affecting them. In total, 17 osprey have been fitted with transmitters.

A $10 donation is requested of those attending the meeting.