Thursday, May 7, 2015

Osprey Nest Platform Installation

We recently installed two Osprey nest platforms per the request of the homeowner at one of our sites in the North County.

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)is a large fish-eating hawk and a top consumer in the food chain. Like Bald Eagles, Ospreys declined following the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. Now that DDT has been banned in the United States for 40 years, the Osprey is a common sight in open habitats near water. Ospreys are good indicators of environmental toxins, and their recent rebound is a positive sign. - 

The Osprey  readily builds its nest on man-made structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.  –

The crew may get to see an actual nest building as it progresses. 

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