Seventh Annual Long Island Natural History Conference













The Comeback of the Osprey: Success Story or Trash Bird?

Aaron Virgin
Vice President of Group for the East End

Abstract: Not very long ago, the majestic fish hawk was on the brink of extirpation. Learn how they are once again thriving along our coastlines and why their return is such an important success story. In 2018, Group for the East End wrapped up the fifth year in a breeding and productivity survey of eastern Long Island. Hear about the trends, the bird’s nasty nesting habits, their perilous migration and winter haunts, and other interesting tidbits Aaron and his team have seen and what lies ahead for Pandion haliaetus.   

Aaron Virgin is VP of Group for the East End, an environmental advocacy and conservation organization based in eastern Long Island. Prior to the Group he worked for Audubon in several national, state and local capacities, most recently as the Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary in Oyster Bay. Aaron has also worked as an environmental educator for the State of New York and as a biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Wildlife Ecology & Management from the State College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse.