There are so many people who have been instrumental in helping Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch continue this Osprey research. This year, 2019, marked my 26th year of monitoring all known nests in the eight-county metro area surrounding the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, and I could not do this without a great deal of help. The careful, monitoring of these nests and the consistent collection and analysis of data over so many years may prove to be a significant contribution to understanding the world we live in, the health of our environment as well as overall productivity and behavior of this population of Ospreys.
Special thanks to Alice Stoddard, Barb Ankrum, Carol Christians, Perry Westphal, Dani Porter Born, Barbara Gaughan, Carol Reitan, Meg Smith, Jean and Rod DeZeeuw, Ellie Crosby, JoAnn Chase, Debbie Jordan, Glen Gauvin, Ann Merritt, Stuart McKernan, Larry Luebben, Sue Welter, Dave Hanzel, John Clouse, Jack Kimmerle, Marie Culhane, Debbie Cohn, Phyllis Bofferding, and Larry Waldhauser, for sharing their observations, their commitment to this effort, their photos, and their love for these birds.
Thanks to all the private property owners who are such important and wonderful hosts to our Ospreys, and who have provided me access to these nests for monitoring.
Special thanks to Tim Fenstermacher and Nate Paulson at Aggregate Industries for their cooperation in allowing me to monitor nests on their property and the help with rescues.
A very heartfelt thanks to all who contributed financially to our project in 2019: Barbara Pierson and Paul Patton, Ruth Rechtzigel, Carol Friendly, Lori Lucke, Mark McGuire, Debbie Jordan, Robert Van De Loo, and Cathy Gagliardi!
I also want to send a special thanks to John Howe at the Raptor Resource Project for their generous financial support.
I am deeply grateful for all the help I have received in so many different forms, and for showing your faith in my ongoing efforts to continue this research study.