Osprey At A Glance
APPEARANCE: Ospreys are raptors with dark brown and white feathers and a white stomach.
SIZE: Ospreys weigh two-and-a-half to four-and-a-half pounds and their wingspan can reach five to six feet.
DIET: Fish make up almost 99 percent of the osprey's diet.
INTERESTING FACT: The osprey is one of the most widespread birds of prey and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
SOURCE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Osprey Tracking Project
CBF's Osprey Tracking Project allows students and teachers to track three ospreys, one living on Virginia's Port Isobel Island and two on Holly Beach Farm in Maryland, from their home and classroom computers. The page includes lesson plans for teachers and puzzles, projects, and more for students, as well as a link to video of the tagging process. Learn More
Osprey Feel the Heat
Ospreys are powerful fliers and migrate to South America for the winter. Is climate change affecting their patterns? Find out in this article from CBF's flagship magazine, Save the Bay. READ NOW
More About Ospreys
July 17, 2023
Osprey nests in Virginia’s lower Chesapeake Bay are failing at the highest rate ever recorded, according to data released this month by the College of William & Mary’s Center for Conservation Biology.
August 20, 2021
Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content for you to enjoy at home. This month, we look at what's happening with some of the Bay's critters.
March 21, 2019
True to form, March 2019 came in like a lion this year.
July 19, 2018
We have a new addition to the CBF family in the form of a baby osprey hatched on July 2, 2018, and viewable on our osprey cam!
March 27, 2018
There are few places like Fones Cliffs left in the Bay watershed.