The male bird named Monroe Spark hatched this year at the refuge's Strong Unit near the Monroe County village of Estral Beach.
It was one of three osprey chicks from southeast Michigan tagged with a satellite transmitter as part of an effort to study migration patterns and ecology. The bird likely will remain in his wintering habitat for two years, returning north when he reaches breeding age.
The other birds are reported in Florida and South America.
The tracking effort involves Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan, the state Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others.