Rocky Mountain National Park announced yesterday the beginning of a three year joint project between the park, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO), and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests that allows school children and the public to follow the migration path of osprey from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds.
The solar-powered units that the birds wear like a "backpack" utilize satellites to provide biologists with the locations of the birds three times a day for the next two to three years. This information will help biologists learn about the birds' migration routes, stopover sites and winter ranges to further our coordination with other landowners in the conservation of this species.
Educators from RMBO, the forest service and the park service are working with local schools to incorporate the osprey's migration into classroom programs. Students will learn about the technology used to track birds and create maps and how information on migration is important for bird conservation.
RMBO is utilizing the internet and readily accessible programs to allow anyone to track the birds' migration. Shadow and Rainbow have traveled over 1,300 miles from the shore of Lake Granby in north-central Colorado to the East Coast of Mexico. To learn more about RMBO's program and track Shadow and Rainbow, please click here.
The National Park Service Rocky Mountain Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, and Mountain Parks Electric are also partners in this project.