DDT

Butch Lombardi / Audubon Society of Rhode Island

A recent report from Audubon Society of Rhode Island, a wildlife conservation organization, recorded the highest number of osprey fledglings throughout the state since monitoring of the species began in 1977.


Ed Hughes / Courtesy of Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Bald eagles aren’t the only bird of prey thriving in Rhode Island. Ospreys are also making a comeback.

The population of ospreys substantially declined from the use of the pesticide DDT after World War II. Rhode Island initiated an osprey monitoring program in 1977 to document the fish-eating raptor’s recovery and breeding success.