Osprey have returned to the Chesapeake Bay region because it’s mating time. Of course, people want to watch.
— Ches. Conservancy (@ChesConserv) March 24, 2017
Ospreys are hawk-like birds that like to eat fish. Actually, some people call them fish-hawks. As many as 10,000 pairs breed in the region—close to one-quarter of the osprey population in the contiguous U.S., according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.
— Chesapeake Bay Found (@chesapeakebay) March 28, 2017
Ospreys are a symbol for area residents. Their return to the area is a sign of Spring, which means boating season, fishing seasons, cycling, and so on are starting. Watching them on a spy-cam has turned into a regional live reality show.
— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) March 28, 2017
Watchers have been known to get a little too invested in the birds as if they’re part of a soap opera. State, local and conservancy officials get calls from viewers asking them to do something about the bird drama underway at the time. Just so you know: they don’t. Officials let the natural way of things run their course.