In 1984, Three Rivers Parks began an Osprey reintroduction program with six young birds transplanted from northern Minnesota to Carver Park Reserve. Once common in southern Minnesota, these birds had all but disappeared due to loss of habitat and use of the pesticide DDT. As a result of these efforts there are more than 60 pairs of Ospreys nesting in the Twin Cities.
Osprey can be seen at nesting sites from April to August; however, the best time to view them is in late July when the young birds begin to fly. One of the best locations to spot Osprey is Carver Park. Public programs are scheduled each year in July where you can watch chicks receive leg bands. Learn more about the Twin Cities Osprey Project.
Watch a video about osprey banding.