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Low-level Helicopter Flight over Spokane River in Washington State
Released: 7/14/2009 2:24:33 PM

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A helicopter will be flying at low altitudes over parts of Spokane and Whitman counties July 15 as part of U.S. Geological Survey scientists’ efforts to gauge Osprey reproductive success. 

The flight, operated under contract to the USGS, is flying over the nests of a large fish-eating hawk, called an Osprey.  The flight path will generally follow along the Spokane River from State Line to Long Lake Dam, and in the vicinity of Williams, Phileo, and Rock Lakes.  It will include brief low-level hovering over nest sites, including some located within the City of Spokane urban interface.

The work is part of an ongoing study of the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Ecology, to evaluate concentrations of flame retardants in nesting osprey and the aquatic environment.

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