Osprey Population on the Rebound

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Experts say the number of ospreys in the Florida Panhandle has grown in recent years.

The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida told the Pensacola News Journal on Wednesday that the number of eagle-like, shoreline predator birds is on the rise.

Sanctuary director Dorothy Kaufmann says this is a positive indication that the region has a healthy ecosystem. In past years, ospreys were a rare sight in the Panhandle because pesticide use had damaged their habitat and large-scale net fishing had depleted their food source.

Source: Pensacola News Journal, Associated Press