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Ospreys in the Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve

Ospreys in the Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve

The Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve is home to about four osprey couples nesting on platforms constructed in the marsh. In the 1950s and 60s, the osprey population was in a decline attributed, in part, to the pesticide DDT. Since the ban of DDT in 1972, osprey populations have rebounded. The mouth of the Quinnipiac River, home to many species of migratory fish, offers an ideal habitat for the coastal hunters. Keep an eye out when you visit the preserve and see if you can spot the adult ospreys and their chicks! (Photo Courtesy of Chung-Leong Chan)