There are numerous bird species that benefit from human-made nesting structures, including several species that breed here in Sheridan County. Some of these birds may have difficulty finding the necessary natural resources or structures required to safely and successfully raise their young.

One of these species that is a common summertime resident at The Brinton Museum’s Quarter Circle A Ranch is the Osprey. Ospreys (sometimes called fish hawks) are a raptor species typically found near water and feed almost exclusively on fish. Ospreys have a reversible outer toe, and barbed pads on their feet that help them grab slippery fish from the water.

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