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Guided osprey cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Saturday

A four-week-old osprey, estimated by Wayne Melquist, hunkers down in its nest, July 15, 2017, on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Melquis banded the bird. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A four-week-old osprey, estimated by Wayne Melquist, hunkers down in its nest, July 15, 2017, on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Melquis banded the bird. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Ever wondered how biologists study birds of prey, particularly ospreys?

Wonder no more.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, along with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Osprey cruise Saturday. Participants will go onto Lake Coeur d’Alene in a cruise boat and watch retired IDFG biologist Wayne Melquist climb pilings to band baby osprey chicks.

Melquist has studied the birds of prey for more than 30 years and is one of the country’s foremost experts on osprey, according to an IDFG news release.

After banding the birds, Melquist will return to the cruise boats and explain what, why and how he banded the chicks.

“It’s an inexpensive outing, and a great way to enjoy the lake and learn about one of the area’s iconic bird species,” said Chip Corsi, IDFG’s regional manager in Coeur d’Alene, in an email. “Biologists are on board to answer questions and provide information; it also includes actual banding or fledgling ospreys.”

Space is limited, so register soon by calling the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce at (208) 664-3194. Boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. at the east side of the Boardwalk Marina by Tubbs Hill and McEuen Park. The cruise departs promptly at 9 a.m. with a return at 11 a.m.

Coffee, juice and snacks are available from the no-host onboard service.

The cruise costs $20 per adult. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are free. Family rates are $45 for two adults and three children up to 18 years of age. Seniors and students must pay $15.

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