Beginning this fall the BLM will assume management of the shotgun reservation program at Sundance Lodge, a popular recreation area located on the Clarks Fork River south of Laurel.
Two osprey chicks, panting heavily in the heat, nestled in a cardboard box waiting to contribute to science and the future of their species.
Two osprey nestlings return to their nest high on a pole after being banded as part of an osprey and water quality study Tuesday at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Sundance Lodge near Laurel.
An osprey watches as Marco Restani and Cameron Sapp take its two osprey nestlings from their nest for a blood test and documentation. The chicks were returned to the nest high atop a pole at the Sundance Lodge near Laurel.
An osprey with a partial eaten fish in her talons circles overhead as Marco Restani and Cameron Sapp take her two nestlings from a nest for a blood test and documentation at the Sundance Lodge near Laurel.
Osprey nestlings rest back in their nest high on a pole after a blood test and measurements.
A freshly banded osprey nestling is prepared to be released into its nest. When a chick matures, its orange eyes change to yellow.
Rocky Mountain College student Cameron Sapp holds an osprey nestling as Sheila Hancock McKay of the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society talks to the bird. McKay paid weekly visits to the Sundance Lodge near Laurel to monitor the nest where two osprey chicks and their parents live.
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.
Restani, right, a master bird bander, and Rocky Mountain College student Cameron Sapp take blood samples and measurements from osprey nestlings Tuesday at the BLM’s Sundance Lodge near Laurel.