Versatile osprey-related research is essential in creating a strong foundation for the species’ conservation. Being few-numbered, the osprey is classified as “near threatened” in the Finnish classification system for endangered species. There are estimated to be 1000 – 1200 osprey pairs nesting in Finland.
The osprey is one of the most studied bird species in our country. Monitoring ospreys started already in 1971. The research is still in progress.
Annually circa 200 osprey ringers take part in the project. Nowadays, the research area covers over 700 osprey nests.
Osprey research is supervised and co-ordinated by the Finnish
Museum of Natural History.
Objectives of Field Research
- surveying of nesting population
- long-term monitoring of the population dynamics
- annual ringing of osprey nestlings and, in some cases, adult ospreys
- collection of biometric data
- filing of data related to nesting trees and haunts
- collection of unhatched eggs and nestlings found dead (for pollution studies etc)
- nutrition research
- satellite tracking the progress of osprey migration
Satellite Osprey “Jukka”September 29, 2010
In the autumn of 2009 started a new satellite tracking project between the Finnish Musem of Natural History, the Finnish Osprey Foundation and UPM. The project monitors the life of a male osprey "Jukka" with a GPS-Argos satellite transmitter. The scientific supervisor of the project is professor Pertti Saurola.
Jukka was equipped with the satellite transmitter in July 2009. The transmitter is the same, which was in use with the satellite Osprey Pete in 2007-2008. (See the right side of this page.)
Information about Jukka's Autumn and Spring Migrations from 2009 to 2012 and also Wintering seasons in the northern part of Cameroon and Summer seasons in Finland can be found on the website of the Finnish Museum of Natural History:
Satellite Osprey Jukka