90% of osprey breeding pairs disappear

1950s-1970sEast Coast Shoreline, USA

“Osprey numbers crashed in the early 1950s to 1970s, when pesticides poisoned the birds and thinned their eggshells. Along the coast between New York City and Boston, for example, about 90 percent of breeding pairs disappeared.”

”Osprey: Life History," All About Birds, The Cornell Lab.

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