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Beginning this fall the BLM will assume management of the shotgun reservation program at Sundance Lodge, a popular recreation area located on …

  • Story By MARY PICKETT Photos by JAMES WOODCOCK mpickett@billingsgazette.com

Two osprey chicks, panting heavily in the heat, nestled in a cardboard box waiting to contribute to science and the future of their species.

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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. B…

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An osprey watches as Marco Restani and Cameron Sapp take its two osprey nestlings from their nest for a blood test and documentation. The chic…

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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 …

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Osprey nestlings rest back in their nest high on a pole after a blood test and measurements.

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A freshly banded osprey nestling is prepared to be released into its nest. When a chick matures, its orange eyes change to yellow.

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Rocky Mountain College student Cameron Sapp holds an osprey nestling as Sheila Hancock McKay of the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society talks t…

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Marco Restani gives an osprey nestling water after taking a blood sample from the bird. Holding the osprey is Rocky Mountain College student C…

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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 concen…

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Marco Restani places a freshly banded osprey nestling into its nest with the help of NorthWestern Energy journeyman lineman Cory Kantra.

  • JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff

Restani, right, a master bird bander, and Rocky Mountain College student Cameron Sapp take blood samples and measurements from osprey nestling…