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©Photograph Copyright of A. Trosi, ale.trosi@flashnet.it

The osprey gained notoriety in the 1960's in the wake of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring as a harbinger of the impacts of pesticide pollution. The crash of the osprey population in southern New England from over 1000 nesting pairs in the 1940s to under 150 pairs by the early 1970s, was directly related to the widespread use following World War II of organochlorine pesticide compounds including DDT and DDE. These compounds accumulated within the fatty tissues of the fish consumed by the osprey, the poison then reducing the osprey?s reproductive success. Those who grew up along the New England coastline in the 1960s and 70s witnessed firsthand the dramatic decline in the osprey population. This occurrence contributed to the environmental movement in the 1970's and more responsible development and application of pesticides. The resurgence of the osprey population during the past four decades is a testament to the cooperation of environmentalists, industries and regulators which resulted in changes in the manufacturing, testing and application of chemicals and pesticides to reduce their impacts on our environment for future generations. Our Osprey logo was drawn by artist Julie Zickefoose, www.juliezickefoose.com.

For more information on the Osprey population recovery, check out the following article: Post-DDT Recovery of Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Populations in Southern New England and Long Island, New York, 1970-2013 http://www.ospreytrax.com/Papers/New_England_Osprey.pdf



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