The International Osprey Foundation

Dedicated to the preservation of the Osprey

July 2019

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Osprey Foundation Awards Grants To Treat Injured birds in South Carolina

Picture by kind permission of Judie Zimomra

The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF), based on Sanibel, recently set about re-organizing and appointing new board members. The result is a renewed commitment to its goal of protecting and preserving osprey populations worldwide.
To that end, TIOF has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Avian Conservation Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
The grant request allows the center to provide medical treatment for the roughly 30 injured ospreys admitted to the center’s avian clinic throughout the year and educate more than 40,000 students and individuals annually on the importance of ospreys and their conservation both locally and globally. It will also allow the center to maintain and expand vital partnerships with industry professionals who utilize Avian Protection Programs that prioritize the conservation of osprey nest sites amidst utility company operations.
Daniel Prohaska, the center's director of development, said TIOF's support "will have a significant impact on our osprey conservation work here in South Carolina," he said. "We are very excited by the alignment between our missions and are grateful to be a part of your work. We look forward to staying in touch and building on this work together now and in the future," Prohaska added.
The Avian Conservation began in 1991 with a single injured osprey is now a professional facility that has treated over 10,000 birds and includes the capacity to treat birds impacted by toxic spills.
Along the way, the center has published groundbreaking research into environmental threats that affect both birds and people. Its mission is to identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research, and conservation initiatives.
The Avian Research Center provides:
* Professional medical treatment for more than 700 injured/orphaned birds of prey and shore birds each year, releasing the majority back to their natural habitat utilizing strict criteria providing sound assurance of their survivability in the wild;
* Maintains 115 resident educational birds representing 50 species from around the world – among the most significant collections of captive birds of prey in the United States;
* Outreach to 40,000+ students and adults each year through on-site and off-site educationalprograms, highlighting the threats to birds from habitat loss, contaminants, and other human-related risk factors, as well as the key role that wild birds play as crucial environmental sentinels;
* Annual research projects including a fall coastal raptor migration survey and a citizen science survey of the endangered swallow-tailed kite; * Service as the only permanent Oiled Bird Response Facility of its kind on the eastern seaboard, affording the most efficient response possible in the event of a contaminant spill affecting native bird populations and their fragile breeding habitats;
* A professional staff representing over 75 years of collective avian experience, and a Volunteer Staff Program that provides more than 20,000 skilled volunteer service hours each year.
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Earlier news

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Jim Griffith June 2nd, 1935 - April 26, 2019

The International Osprey Foundation lost one of its champions on April 26 with the death of Past President Jim Griffith. He was an engineer by profession and a true environmentalist by nature.

Jim was also a volunteer for many causes and on many levels in Georgia and Sanibel including Boy Scouts, Rotary, and Sunday School. On Sanibel he was also president of the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society from 2010-19 and was also involved with CROW (Clinic for rehabilitation of wildlife), Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge and TIOF, of which he was president from 2013-19.

He diligently worked to repair Osprey platforms and built platforms as needed or requested.

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Grants and donations

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