North Idaho has the largest nesting population of osprey in the Western U.S. — about 200 pairs. Dr. Wayne Melquist, PhD, banded nestlings on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Melquist has been involved in long-running research on the population, something to the tune of 25 years. He was also involved in translocation of young birds to re-establish populations in South Dakota along the Missouri River.
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A juvenile osprey is banded by Dr. Wayne Melquist, PhD, on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, July 13, 2013.