By Doug MacCarter
I would like to thank all of you who participated in viewing the Ospreys at Snappy's. Three years of collecting data on Ospreys in the Flathead Valley indicates that the population trend of Ospreys has remained stable. The average number of occupied nests ( both parents) was 25, producing an average of 32 young per year. Fledging success average 93%. Studying the reproductive performance of Ospreys shows a productivity (number of young per occupied nest) rate of 1.3. It is believed that each breeding pair in the population must reproduce an average of .95 to 1.30. This productivity seems to be sufficient to maintain a stable population. Tune in for next year.