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Working my way back

It was great news when our satellite-tagged osprey, 30(05), arrived home from her migration on Friday! This weekend, another of the World Osprey Week ospreys has made it home too! Belle is a four year-old female from Massachusetts. She winters in Brazil near the Madeira River at the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest.

Belle

Belle

 

Another North American osprey, Staddler, is currently in Florida on his way back to his breeding grounds in New Hampshire. Like Belle, he winters in Brazil.

Here is some information from Iain MacLeod on Staddler’s Caribbean crossing!

Staddler is in Florida. He has really turned on the turbos and made short work of his Caribbean crossing. He flew straight from Venezuela directly to Cuba. He left the Venezuelan coast at first light on March 31 and flew nonstop for a little over 600 miles, arriving on the southern coast of Cuba by 8am on April 1. He kept right on going and zipped through most of Cuba on April 1, finally taking a rest to roost and feed near a lake near the north coast of Cuba. He was off the next morning by 9am and by 5pm was in the Florida Keys and by 6pm was at the southern edge of the Everglades. That’s a straight line shot of 1,062 miles in three days.

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It’s amazing to follow the journeys of these ospreys from all over the world. Read about the other ospreys we are following by clicking here!

Don’t forget you can follow all of the WOW ospreys on our interactive map – click here!

 

WOW – Day 5! Reaching Out From Rutland

Just after osprey 30 arrived back in Rutland following her 3500 mile migration something else was in the air in Rutland! On his Rutland Radio morning show, Rob Persani broadcast a report about yesterday’s international skype. This featured the English Martyrs School Osprey Ambassadors, Rachel, Finn, and Georgia and our skype link with schools in Italy, Spain and The Gambia!

Rachel, Finn, and Georgia were in action again with the Education Team for a full school assembly at English Martyrs School this morning when they gave their fellow pupils the latest news about the Rutland Ospreys.

LATEST OSPREY NEWS

Osprey Ambassadors Finn, Rachel and Georgia with Education Officer Jackie

 

Ken introducing the Ambassadors

Ken introducing the Ambassadors

JACKIE WITH OSPREY AMBASSADORS GIVING THEIR PRESENTATION

We have also just had our first “Ospreys and Us” entry for our movie competition, so let’s have lots more osprey inspired movies in the coming weeks.

During World Osprey Week  the Education Team have now done presentations and activities with over 1100 school pupils  in 6 days… in (at least) four countries… and two continents ………W—O—W !

 

Schools – want to know more about WOW!

Be part of the WOW experience look at these sections of the Rutland Ospreys website

 

Education

Information here  on the drop down menu about Osprey Ambassadors, Education Team visits to your school, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, and this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition.

 

World Osprey Week

Free educational resources for primary and secondary schools, including lesson plans & schemes of work, project ideas, worksheets with teacher’s notes and answers, games and fun activities– just register your school at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/world-osprey-week

 

Thank you to Education Officer Pete Murray for writing this blog post and providing photos

WOW – Day Four!

WOW – Day 4 Oakham, Spain, Italy and The Gambia

World Osprey Week an international flavour today.

We began with a whole school assembly at Brooke Priory School in Oakham, Rutland, just a couple of miles from the ospreys at Rutland Water. Last year this school hosted the Osprey Festival celebrating 20 years of the project. Their osprey songs are on our website – click here!

The Osprey Ambassadors are Gabby, Scarlet, Ben and Eddie. They gave their own presentation to the rest of the school, telling them the latest osprey migration news and explained what World Osprey Week is all about. W—O—W they all shouted!

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This afternoon was the 2017 International WOW Skype at English Martyrs School in Oakham. Osprey Ambassadors Rachel Finn and Georgia were joined by pupils for their Skypes  to Monterre School in Spain, Grosseto School in Italy, and Tanji School in The Gambia. Schools gave a short presentation and had a chance to ask each other some questions about their WOW activities. These and many other schools in the UK and other countries around the world use our school activity resources and link up with each other via the contacts list on the website. Tim Mackrill ran the Skype ably assisted by Holly.

ENGLISH MARTYRS SKYPE AMBASSADORS AND AUDIENCE ENGLISH MARTYRS SKYPE AMBASSADORS PRESENTATION

Finally Ken and Jackie returned to Oakham C of E School to give a presentation to the older Key Stage 2 pupils assisted by their school Osprey Ambassadors Charlotte, Phoebe, Daniel, George and Arlen.

In this month’s Wildlife Watch Magazine, the Wildlife Trust publication for younger family members, Jackie has written a two page article about ospreys timed perfectly for their arrival following the spring migration.

COVER AND ARTICLE WATCH MAGAZINE

Schools – more about WOW!

Be part of the WOW experience! Click on the drop down menus in these sections of the Rutland Ospreys website.

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, Education team visits to your school, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition and more…click here!

World Osprey Week

Join in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school by clicking here!

 

Don’t forget you can follow the progress of 30(05) on her migration north, plus the migrations of five other ospreys from Finland and America. Click here for the interactive map!

 

 

 

 

WOW – Day Three!

WOW – Day 3 Flying High

As we visited Wittering Primary School today, we wondered if osprey 30 will pass close by at the end of its 3500mile migration from West Africa back to Rutland! This osprey has a satellite tracker so we know it was in central France two days ago so, should be here any time now.

Over 300 pupils were at our presentation at Wittering Primary school, some of which we met last year but with many ”new” faces in the audience. We had lots of enthusiastic participation in our question and answer sessions, and had a really attentive audience of all ages!

Our picture shows Ken and Jackie with some of the children, all members of their school council. Hopefully they will choose some Osprey Ambassadors and we can meet up with them at Osprey Club at the Lyndon Reserve in late April.

Wittering Primary School

Wittering Primary School

 

Last night Tim Mackrill and Ken Davies did a presentation to an invited audience at Heffers book shop in Cambridge. Their wide-ranging talk covered the history of ospreys, their conservation story including the re-introduction, and what we have learned about the osprey migration. The osprey publications were also on display, with four children’s books (click here for full list) and Tim’s book about the Rutland Ospreys.

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Schools – more about WOW!

Be part of the  WOW experience! Click on the drop down menus in these sections of the Rutland Ospreys website

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, Education team visits to your school, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition and more…click here!

World Osprey Week

Join in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school by clicking here!

 

Don’t forget you can follow the progress of 30(05) on her migration north, plus the migrations of five other ospreys from Finland and America. Click here for the interactive map!

 

 

WOW – Day Two!

WOW – Day 2 excitement!

We began the day with a visit to Casterton Primary school for an assembly, assisted by the school Osprey Ambassadors Louie and Sam, for a lively presentation to the school. W—O—W !

CASTERTON PRIMARY SCHOOL -JACKIE EXPLAINS MIGRATION

Casterton took part in the 2016 Skype calls to The Gambia, America, Spain and Italy, and are currently keen followers of the osprey tracking and the live Rutland Water osprey web camera. They certainly showed their knowledge and enthusiasm, and remembered so much from their osprey school work last year!

Pictured are the Casterton year 5 and 6 pupils and Ambassadors Louie Sam, with Jackie, Ken and Holly, who joins the osprey project team this year.

CASTERTON PUPILS AND AMBASSADORS WITH JACKIE, HEN AND HOLLY

This afternoon the Education Team visited Oakham C of E Primary to give a presentation to the Key Stage 1 pupils. Our thanks for a warm welcome by the staff and younger pupils, and we were assisted by their Osprey Ambassadors Phoebe, Daniel and Arlen who will be keeping their school up to date with the Rutland Ospreys in the coming weeks.

The photo shows with the Ambassadors and pupils of Oakham C of E Primary school.

 OAKHAM C OF E WITH JACKIE AND THEIR AMBASSADORS

 

Schools – more about WOW!

Want the WOW experience? Click on the drop down menus in these sections of the Rutland Ospreys website

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, Education team visits to your school, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition and more…click here!

 

World Osprey Week

Join in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school by clicking here!

 

Don’t forget you can follow the progress of 30(05) on her migration north, plus the migrations of five other ospreys from Finland and America. Click here for the interactive map!