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Fish & Wildlife > Nongame & Endangered Wildlife > Wildlife Diversity - Ornithology > Ospreys > Chronology of Osprey Efforts in Indiana Chronology of Osprey Efforts in Indiana

Early 1800s
Osprey abundant and no protection existed for the species.

1898
Osprey considered a regular migrant and local summer resident statewide; common along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

1918
Migratory Bird Treaty Act passed.

1931
Nest reported in Parke County.

1932-1969
Nesting reports in Posey County.

1934
Nest reported in Porter County.

1950-1970
Populations decline drastically nationwide due to DDT, loss of breeding grounds and poaching.

1954
Nest reported in Porter County.

1960
Nest reported in Morgan County.

1962
Public awareness of damage to environment raised with the publishing of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring.

1971
Nest reported in Parke County.

1973
DDT banned in United States.

1975
Nest reported in Noble County.

1980
Breeding ospreys not known to be in Indiana.

1984
Osprey listed as endangered in Indiana.

1989
Confirmed report of breeding pair near the Ohio River

1990
One nest reported at Brookville Reservoir in Union County.

1995
Nest built and later abandoned on erected platform at Patoka Lake (Crawford County)

2001
Two known nesting pairs of osprey reside in Indiana.

2002
Indiana Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program begins a plan for osprey restoration and management for the state.

2003
First 16 osprey released at Tri-County FWA and Patoka Lake. Five Osprey nests in Indiana

2004
31 Osprey released at Jasper-Pulaski FWA, Tri-County FWA, and Minnehaha FWA. Eight nests in Indiana

2005
32 Osprey released at Jasper-Pulaski FWA, Tri-County FWA, and Minnehaha FWA. Eleven nests in Indiana. Two birds from the 2003 release were resighted in Indiana.

2006
Anticipated release of 16 birds at Minnehaha FWA, and Jasper-Pulaski FWA