Discover Cayuga Lake
THE OSPREYS OF CAYUGA
Discover Cayuga Lake & why we care about the
Cayuga Lake Ospreys
The Ospreys of Cayuga Lake serve an important role in the Cayuga Lake watershed as an indicator of lake health. Previously unknown to the region, they began to settle along the lakeshore in the early 1990s. In the last 30 years, through a series of circumstances, they’ve grown to a population of over 150 nesting pairs that rely on the shallow waters and abundant fish life of the lake. Discover Cayuga Lake has come to honor these beautiful birds as important educators for the communities we serve. Due to their historical decline in the mid-1900s as a result of the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, and then their re-emergence as a result of dedicated efforts by environmentalists to protect wildlife, the story of the osprey is the story of the negative, and positive, impact that humans can have on nature. Children and adults alike can marvel at the unique qualities of the ‘Fish-Hawk’ as they learn about its many incredible adaptations and they role they place in the local ecosystem. Join our efforts to learn more!
Great Experiences with Discover Cayuga Lake
At Discover Cayuga Lake, our mission is to cultivate informed and equitable relationships between people and the watersheds upon which they depend and we do all this while providing memorable, breathtaking family, friend, and community experiences on the beautiful Cayuga Lake.