Unamused, the osprey mama circled and squawked and even dove at researchers Monday morning as they carefully lifted her two chicks from their nest south of Laurel.
After withstanding the elements for as long as 20 years, high winds blew an osprey nest off a power pole on Highway 310 about eight miles south Laurel on Monday.
Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society will sponsor ornithology from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 6, 11 and 13 at ZooMontana.
Two osprey chicks, panting heavily in the heat, nestled in a cardboard box waiting to contribute to science and the future of their species.
Marco Restani gives an osprey nestling water after taking a blood sample from the bird. Holding the osprey is Rocky Mountain College student Cameron Sapp.
Marco Restani carries two osprey nestlings from their nest to a vehicle where he will take blood from one of them to see if it has high concentrations of mercury. Each bird also was weighed, measured and banded.
Marco Restani places a freshly banded osprey nestling into its nest with the help of NorthWestern Energy journeyman lineman Cory Kantra.