Ospreys hatched at wildlife refuge in NW Ohio

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — Officials have spotted what they say are the first osprey chicks hatched at a wildlife refuge in northwestern Ohio.

The Port Clinton News-Herald (http://ohne.ws/1mV440I ) reports that officials at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge say the parents are two ospreys that showed up earlier this year at the refuge along the shore of Lake Erie. Refuge officials estimate the three chicks hatched within a few days of each other about three weeks ago at the refuge's Blausey Unit. The osprey parents showed up after refuge staff members installed a nesting platform at the unit, which is closed to the public.

Officials say they are happy to have a new species breeding on the refuge.

Wildlife officials say the chicks likely will begin flying in another three weeks.

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Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald, http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com

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