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Scientists using tiny backpacks to study osprey chicks

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Scientists are using tiny backpacks to study osprey chicks in southern Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that six osprey chicks have been outfitted with the tracking devices that sit on their backs. Wildlife biologists will track the birds' daily movements and seasonal migration patterns. Anyone can follow along on the Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan website.

The three chicks given backpacks last year made it to Miami, Florida, Cuba and Colombia before dying. The DNR says about 60 percent of osprey chicks don't make it to their second birthday.

The backpacks are funded by grants from groups and individuals including DTE Energy, Huron Valley Audubon and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.


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