Osprey chicks help biologists gauge waterway health in Montana

Osprey chicks help biologists gauge waterway health in Montana

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WARM SPRINGS –  Biologists recently tested three osprey chicks at the Warm Springs Ponds just northwest of Butte.

“Over 10 years now we’ve been going up and doing little alien abductions of the osprey chicks and grab the chicks that are in the nest, bring them down, we’re going to band them and take very small blood samples and feather samples,” said wildlife biologist Erick Greene with the University of Montana.

Biologists are testing baby osprey throughout the Clark Fork River Basin for heavy metals and mercury as part of $168 million settlement with the Atlantic Richfield Co. to clean up mining pollution from Silver Bow Creek to the Clark Fork River.