Ospreys have always been very special to me. Mostly because of my dad who would always point them out and get my sisters and me in tune with their locales and patterns. “St. Patrick’s day, the ospreys should be coming back soon”. Later on we learned they were special to him largely because our grandfather and grandmother, who were naturalists and photographers, were also very infatuated with the raptors. Their generation, and in turn may dads, witnessed the decline of raptors with the widespread use of DDT post WWII. They witnessed the empty nests and broken eggshells. When Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring” in 1962 it woke our country up to the impact that we are having on our environment. And it led to the banning of DDT and other harmful pesticides. In the following years the raptors bounced back. I never realized the full meaning of what it meant for my grandparents to get excited about the ospreys and convey that to my dad. We never knew it was because they were so close to catastrophe. So now every time I see an osprey there is added meaning and value. A reminder that we can have a positive impact on our environment if we make the right decisions.
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