Thisbe Nissen
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Shelter Island, where I spent summers growing up, is an osprey refuge, so we were always going out to look at the osprey nests, especially when the species was making its way back from near-extinction. It was a rare and exciting thing to catch a glimpse of an osprey. As an opponent of pesticides in general, I was interested in DDT's role in the osprey's decline, and started delving into that a bit. That led me to discover that the osprey was misnamed and had to do with certain old myths. Then, as a lover of "artifacts" in fiction, I decided to use bits and pieces of the research as "found objects" within the text of the novel in order to get a bunch of that information (and research that was exciting to me in all of its interconnectedness!) into the novel without being overly heavy-handed (or trying not to be overly heavy-handed, at least) --Thisbe

Click on the links below to view some of the pages from osprey books that Thisbe looked at, explore websites that discuss ospreys, and find out how these birds fit into mythology.

Osprey eggs | Osprey links | Our Amazing Birds | Our Birds and Their Nestlings
The Second Book of Birds | Mythology | An osprey card

Osprey links

International Osprey Foundation on
Information about ospreys and photos of the birds

Birds of Prey
Sound clips from an osprey call

"Of Osprey"
Article from the Chesapeake Bay Weekly

The Osprey Project
Facts, information, photos, and more on

Selected Wildlife of Southern Oregon by Jim Rible
Facts and questions about the species

Lake District Osprey Project
Images and videos of ospreys on

Osprey Cam on
Videos and still images of ospreys in nature

Ospreys at Lake Massabesic on
Interesting research and photos

Ospreys on
Small history of the osprey

Osprey Photos on
Photos of ospreys and other animals

Osprey Photography by Charles Glatzer on
Amazing osprey photos

Information on
Facts and pictures of ospreys on Long Island

Ospreys in Florida on
Information on where to find ospreys in Florida

The Osprey on
Article from 1987 on ospreys

Beautiful nature photos taken by David Roles

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