Bird of prey research

Conserving the birds of prey requires reliable information on the long-term development of the bird populations. Thanks to the decades-long practical conservation work, birds such as the osprey, white-tailed eagle, golden eagle and peregrine falcon now have wind under their wings once again. Unfortunately, many other species have had to be moved to the endangered group – many of these species are birds of prey nesting in the forests.

Every year, about 300 bird ringers and many bird enthusiasts participate in the fieldwork related to birds of prey. The Finnish Museum of Natural History is responsible for the monitoring of birds of prey and works in cooperation with the Finnish Osprey Foundation.   The research goals for different birds of prey species are similar:

  • annual mapping out of the nesting population
  • comparable and long-term monitoring of the nesting result 
  • ringing of the nestlings and, in special cases, the mother birds
  • recording of the information related to the nesting trees and nesting locations
  • detection of environmental toxin occurrence from samples
  • collecting samples from birds of prey
  • use of satellite transmitters in the monitoring of the birds’ movements

Sääksisäätiö - Finnish Osprey Foundation

PL 71, 13211 Hämeenlinna, Finland
 +358 500 306904

Sääksikeskus - Osprey Center

Pohtiolammentie 64, 32670 Kangasala, Finland
 +358 40 528 3030