The Osprey is a medium-sized raptor and an apex predator which can be found throughout Florida.
The North American Osprey ranges from Alaska, across Canada, southward to Mexico and the Caribbean, and into South America. The Florida population increases during the winter months when many North American Osprey over-winter in the plentiful feeding grounds of the Everglades.
Osprey nests are highly visible and often seen on bridges, buoys, channel markers, and power poles, although they can also be built on the ground when a suitable platform is not available. Nest building is an important skill in attracting a mate, and females gravitate toward males who can provide the best nest.
The Osprey is a prime indicator species that can be used to monitor habitat conditions, fish populations, and overall environmental health.