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Thread subject: update on Moshup
Name Date Message
karen 02/23/07 08:16 am Greetings,
The saga of our Martha's Vineyard Osprey, Moshup, continues
and is quite amazing.
If you missed the previous message, I got a call on Friday
from Antonio Garcia in the Dominican Republic who had Moshup in his
care. Moshup had been minding his own business in the far eastern
shore of Hispaniola when he was shot by hunters, who mistook him for
a "guaraguao." I didn't know what a guaraguao is, so I figured it was
some game bird that hunters might have been shooting. Turns out it's
a Red-tailed Hawk! So the hunters shot our Osprey, thinking it was a
Red-tail, which implies that Red-tails are pretty frequent targets
for hunters.
Within 2 hours of making contact with Antonio, I was in email
contact with the Director of the Ornithological Society of Hispaniola
and the Zoo in Santo Domingo. An hour or so later, Miguel Saggese, a
Latin American vet studying for his Ph.D. in Texas was in the loop
and offering sophisticated veterinary advice over the Internet.
Moshup is in the zoo and not doing very well, as expected,
given the highly temperamental nature of Ospreys in captivity. He is
being tube fed and rehydrated. There are cost issues with getting
enough fish for him, and I'm trying to figure out how to make a
contribution to the zoo to help them out. He can't fly and seems to
have a pellet or two in his chest. The good news is that he doesn't
seem to have any broken bones, but that's about it in the good news
department. His chances are not good.
Within a day, Moshup was making headlines in Clavedigital, an
on-line newspaper in the D.R. Here's the link to the story (it's in
Spanish, naturally enough):

There's real concern about the bird and an ongoing email
conversation about the bird and the shooting is developing (at the
end of the article). It's at least encouraging that Moshup's problem
is getting people talking about conservation and the environment.
Clearly the people discussing the problem of shooting wildlife are
not the problem, but the more the issues are raised in public
discussion, the better for conservation in general.
On Monday's airing of Incredible Journeys (8 PM eastern) on
the Animal Planet, you'll follow two of our '04 birds south on their
first migration. One of those birds, Tasha, didn't make it through
Haiti,the eastern half of Hispaniola. She was almost certainly shot
there. (This isn't mentioned in the show.)
All this does highlight the risky situation faced by Ospreys,
as probably close to half the North American population passes
through a very narrow bottleneck as it moves down Cuba and through
Hispaniola en route to South America.

More news as it breaks,


PS. Let me know what you think about Incredible Journeys!

Rob Bierregaard
Biology Dept.
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223

704 333 2405
Nancy L 02/23/07 09:52 am Thanks for the up-date. I'll be watching Mon. night.
Anne 02/23/07 11:31 am Rob, I saw the show here in England. It was fantastic. I would just love to go to that watchpoint in Cuba and see those Ospreys setting off across the sea.
karen 02/23/07 02:10 pm Hi Anne
I just copy over the emails I get from Rob to post on this site ...
Robs email is:

or you can reach him thru the website

I am looking forward to seeing the show next week .

Anne 02/23/07 05:07 pm Thanks Karen
Anne UK1 02/23/07 05:50 pm Karen, thank you for the update. I hope Moshup recovers, though it doesn't sound too hopeful. But if he does I wonder if they would refit his transmitter so that tabs could still be kept on him.

I hope all the publicity makes life a little safer for ospreys. I'd like to think some good could come of poor Moshup's experience :(
Celeste 02/23/07 07:15 pm Once again thank you Karen. As I read this latest news I kept thinking for every Moshup with a transmitter, I wonder how many other innocent birds are shot that we are not even aware of. Recently when I was at Ding Darling/Sanibel Island, there was a woman who was participating in the birdwatch that was going on. She told me that she rehabbed raptors in her homestate of Ohio, and that they had rehabbed a few osprey. As I have mentioned several times on this site, I always think of the story of Ollie, the osprey who was rehabbed and kept, (he could no longer fly).He would chirp to other injured osprey at the rehab to encourage them to eat.
Marie 02/24/07 11:26 am Celeste, apparently Princess is still alive at our rehab up island, but she will never be released. She just doesn't know how to fly properly,( a genetic problem) but she is a great teaching tool. She loves salmon apparently so I send donations so that she can have her salmon........;-)
It is always good to know of these survival stories to give us hope.
I have never been able to understand Man's killing instinct. To shoot at a bird in the sky which was alive and free and then to have it fall helpless and not dead in some cases, to the ground below, where it must surely die on impact, is totally irresponsible. This whole process just sickens me. I feel the same about any wild animal. Why do we as humans think we have the right to kill. Now I know I am not starving and others are..........but an osprey isn't very fat and surely can't provide much of a meal, but no doubt all that migration exercise must strengthen and develop those breast muscles so that is where they carry a great deal of weight.
lynn 03/02/07 02:09 am Hi Nancy, just thought I'd let you know that Walmart has the 2 DVD set that Animal Planet mentioned last week.

"Living With Wolves" is one DVD, and "Wolves At Our Door" is the other DVD story. Both were produce by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. Living with Woves is narrated by Liv Schreiber amd Wolves At Our Door is narrated by Richard Kiley, both for the Discovery Channel. The 2 DVD set only runs 9.99 at Walmart, and they have only two copies left.

In case anyone might be interest the local LI Wolf Expo is planned for Sept. 16. The plan to have three of the exhibit wovles on site, Sitka, Ukia, and Atka. One the Artic Wolf is the one that is more comfortable around humans, so you usually get to see more of her.

Well enough nattering for tonight I can feel the call of the Siren Sleep, so off I must be.

Talk to you soon. Stay dry, as the rain has been coming down for the last dew hours. It was quite nice of nature to wait till I got in the door with all my shopping, before loosing the rain upon us here in Holbrook!

Iv'e seen bits and part os one of the movies bu was thrilled to actually own my own copy. Now I can show my granddaughter what wolves are truly like. I can't wait to watch it tomarrow. I've Jim Dutchers beaitiful book for ever so long, now I'll see the Sawtooth pack in action, so to speak, as I unferstand most of that pack has grown old and died.

The work the Dutchers did by living among the wolves in the wilderness for about six years has shown the world to true nature of wolves and pack world and their truly famlial heirarchy

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Tom Throwe
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