Skip to main content

Two young ospreys have died after becoming entangled in twine in Long Lake, Minnesota, according to the Raptor Center. 

The University of Minnesota-based organization on Thursday issued a plea to Minnesotans to clean up rope, twine, fishing line and other materials that pose a serious threat to wildlife if left behind. 

One young osprey, which had to be euthanized this week, was found hanging by its leg by baling twine, the center shared. A second chick wrapped in twine, believed to have died several weeks earlier, was also found in the nest. 

"We see these materials occasionally in bird nests, either because they are tangled around plant matter and carried to the nest, or picked up directly as nesting material," the organization wrote. 

Ospreys, among the raptor species decimated by DDT pesticide use in the mid-twentieth century, have grown strong again in much of North America. 

However, litter continues to pose a major threat to birds in Minnesota, particularly endangering raptors and waterfowl amid the increasing threat of climate change. 

The National Audubon Society, which models how warming temperatures will affect bird ranges, says ospreys have maintained all of their natural range in current conditions. 

However, scientists predict the species will begin leaving Minnesota if 1.5 degrees of warming occurs

Find more Bring Me The News stories about how litter is impacting Minnesota birds here: 

Next Up

University of minnesota sign

U of M gives some students 50% off meals for September after complaints

Students have complained about an array of issues surrounding dining halls.

image

Gallery: Sprawling estate near Superior National Forest listed for $2.9M

The property has been in the same family for over 60 years.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 2.51.49 PM

Surgery clinic proposed to replace 111-year-old farmhouse in Eagan

A developer is proposing to transform the remnant farm property.

Hurricane Ian

Why Hurricane Ian could be catastrophic in Florida

Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s biggest show of force and energy, and Hurricane Ian is no exception.

image

Suspect arrested after man and dog shot on St. Paul's East Side

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

MissingBemidjiTeenBCA

Bemidji police appeal to find missing teenager

Tahlia Poitra was last seen Wednesday.

PacoAndLime

Crisp & Green owner launches new chain, with 12 MN locations planned

Steele Brands already owns and operates Crisp & Green and Stalk & Spade.

0

New vendor to open at Rosedale Center food hall

POTLUCK Food Hall offers a rotating collection of local restaurants and food retailers.

MadelynHowardMugMonroeCo

Woman charged in drunk driving incident that killed Minnetonka HS alum

Nate Stratton, 20, died from his injuries on Sept. 18.

Related

Great Horned Owl.

Great horned owl's death marks the first from avian flu since July

Few cases have been detected in raptors in Minnesota since late May.

image

How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Owl

MN owl returned to the wild after rare recovery from avian flu

The great horned owl released Wednesday is the Raptor Center's first patient to recover from HPAI.

Great Horned Owl.

Great horned owl family of 5 dies near Lake Nokomis, avian flu suspected

The state is experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the disease, which is 90-100% fatal in raptors.

image

Young loon reunites with mother on Twin Cities lake after rescue from fishing litter

Rescuers say the loon's story highlights the threat of improperly disposed fishing tackle on Minnesota lakes.

Imani 2021

A young shorebird's journey inspires hope for endangered Great Lakes species

Why a Great Lakes Piping Plover spotted in Duluth made big waves in Chicago.