For over sixteen years, Dr. Rob Bierregaard (Dr. B. to his students) has tracked osprey migration using small radio transmitters. This is the story of one of Dr. B.’s ospreys, Belle, who each spring flies 4,000 miles from her winter home in Brazil to her spring nest on Martha’s Vineyard to meet her mate and start a new family. Besides the long distance, Belle must find food, weather storms, and face other dangers. Dr. B. and his companions follow Belle’s journey via her transmitter. This mostly true story is based on information garnered through twenty years of research by Dr. B.
Rob Bierregaard has studied ospreys in New England since 1971. In 2000 he began tagging ospreys with satellite transmitters that enable us to follow their migration to South America and back. Belle’s Journey is Rob’s first children’s book. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.