Pete is flying home

Archive 4.4.2008 0:00 EEST

(UPM, Helsinki, April 4, 2008) - At the end of March, Pete, the satellite osprey, began his spring migration from the coastal deltas of Senegal in Africa to his breeding grounds in Southern Finland. You can follow Pete’s migration on the Finnish Museum of Natural History website www.fmnh.helsinki.fi or on the UPM website www.upmforestlife.com.

According to his tracker, Pete, an 8-year-old male osprey, left his wintering grounds along the Saloum river in Senegal on Sunday 30 March. By 1 April, Pete had flown over 716 kilometres, with plenty of spare time to rest and fish.

Pete was fitted with a satellite transmitter last July. The transmitter has exceeded all expectations and functioned reliably from the beginning. Pete began his autumn migration from his breeding grounds in Lempäälä on 18 September 2007 and headed south along an almost straight path to Senegal, where he arrived on 23 October after flying 6,393 kilometres in total.

The satellite tracking of ospreys is part of a cooperation agreement between UPM and the Finnish Osprey Foundation. The Finnish Museum of Natural History is responsible for the actual tracking.The agreement includes projects that promote osprey conservation and monitoring.

The Osprey Foundation and UPM have worked together to prepare guidelines for forest management in the vicinity of osprey nests. Known osprey nests in UPM forests have been recorded in the company’s GIS mapping system. To safeguard osprey nesting, UPM also develops and maintains a network of man-made nests in its forests. The satellite tracking aims to provide valuable data on osprey behaviour during the nesting season and migration. The growing information on osprey behaviour supports the conservation of this unique bird species.

Media images are available on the museum’s media page

For further information, please contact:

Research project: The project’s scientific director, Professor Pertti Saurola, Finnish Museum of Natural History, tel. 050 402 4042, pertti.saurola@helsinki.fi

Website: Web designer Mikko Heikkinen, Finnish Museum of Natural History, tel. +358 9 191 28828, mikko.heikkinen@helsinki.fi

Osprey Foundation: Juhani Koivu, Osprey Foundation, tel. +358 400 499 395, juhani.koivu@aina.net

UPM, Forestry and Wood Soourcing, Finland: Environmental Manager Timo Lehesvirta, tel. +358 400 752 212, timo.lehesvirta@upm-kymmene.com