Become a 12th Man for Nature
Save Hawks Habitat
Seahawks fever has swept the state as our beloved hawks return once again to the biggest game of the year. For everyone who loves nature and the Seahawks, the question is:
What is a seahawk?
There is actually
no such bird as a seahawk
. The seahawk actually represents an osprey, a seabird that lives near lakes and rivers around Puget Sound and inland throughout the Washington coast. Its numbers were depleted in the ’70s in part due to use of the pesticide DDT as well as threats to habitat. Today the seahawk/osprey is on the rebound.
Sadly, portions of this iconic bird’s habitat are still in trouble.
A growing population and a changing climate have caused polluted air, land and water in the places osprey live, breed and thrive. In the Puget Sound region, toxic runoff from our roads and developed areas is poisoning the Sound, the rivers and the lakes where osprey fish. Development is diminishing shoreline habitat, giving the birds less places to nest and raise young.
The Nature Conservancy is using science and innovation to preserve and restore this precious habitat so that our beloved Seahawk (osprey) can thrive.
We are working in Puget Sound to protect fish and wildlife habitat and working to assure the water going into the Sound is clean and healthy.
In Seattle and around Puget Sound, we’re raising awareness and money to tackle the problem of toxic runoff.
In Olympia and in Washington D.C., we’re working with partners to improve policies and ensure funding for a clean and healthy Puget Sound.
If you love Seahawks – the team, and the bird, become a 12th man for nature and support our work to preserve and restore osprey habitat along shorelines. Go Hawks!