Hellgate Osprey Chicks Named for Late Supporter Peggy Taylor Miles
Two newborn osprey chicks, who have been webcam stars this year, have been named for a cyber-community osprey supporter who died in March.
The osprey chicks are in a nest in Missoula's Hellgate area and were named Taylor and Miles, in honor of Peggy Taylor Miles. Taylor Miles was a founder of Friends of the Osprey and helped start the Facebook group. She died of ovarian cancer this year.
The adult parents of Taylor and Miles are Iris and Stanley, who began mating last year, according to a news release from the University of Montana. The UM Geosciences department hosts a 24-hour-a-day webcam at the nest, with the help of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The Montana Osprey Project is a UM research project with nest cams along the Clark Fork River. The UM Foundation established the Peggy Taylor Miles Memorial Fund, which helps continue the osprey research and education.
The chicks will be banded this week, and samples of blood and feathers will be taken.