How the Osprey Got Their Names
Meet Rachel and Steve (we think). The Osprey couple who return annually to our Audubon Live Cam and nest in Hog Island, Maine for mating season.
The couple returned just a few days ago and you can see them as they prepare for their chicks on the Live Cam here.
“The two adult birds, which return to this nest every year, were named Steve and Rachel, after the groundbreaking scientist Steve Kress and marine biologist Rachel Carson. Dr. Kress successfully pioneered new techniques to bring Puffins and other bird species back to Maine islands after over a century of abandonment. Carson’s book Silent Spring played a key role in the eradication of DDT, a harmful pesticide banned in the U.S. in 1972, allowing the Osprey population to recover. Read Dr. Kress’ “The Legacy of Rachel Carson” on The Huffington Post,” (Audubon Society).
(Thanks to Deputy Dawg for the snapshot!)
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