Illinois Department of Natural Resources wraps up 2nd year of osprey project

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois biologists are finishing up the second part of an eight-year project designed to increase the state's osprey population.

The osprey is a state-endangered species in Illinois, meaning it's at risk of disappearing as a breeding species.  In response, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is hoping to re-establish the osprey as a nesting species by releasing them at Lake Shelbyville and Anderson Lake.

The osprey brought to the Illinois Raptor Center, located in Decatur, from a Virginia military base, where they pose a threat to aircraft.  The birds received check-ups, and were cared for by students and University of Illinois Springfield field technicians.  The osprey were also equipped with satellite transmitters prior to their release, to help officials track their movement.

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