[Tweeters] Covered Raptor Nests in Leavenworth and Wenatchee

Hans-Joachim Feddern thefedderns at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 16:44:59 PDT 2018


Thank you for the info Diane and bravo to the Chelan County PUD! Maybe this
could be adopted elsewhere?

Hans

On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 4:15 PM, Diane Driscoll <sweetbyrd at gmail.com> wrote:


> From my contact at Chelan County PUD

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> Keywords: Interspecific competition!

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> Chelan PUD has provided those platforms for nesting osprey to reduce their

> risk for causing fires/outages on nearby distribution poles. Osprey in our

> area are migratory, and leave the area for southern climes around late

> September, and typically return to our area around the first of April.

> When the osprey return, we take the covers off the platforms.

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> Why the covers, though? And why are some covered and others not?

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> Canada geese begin their nesting season around mid-March, before the

> osprey return. In areas closest to the water, Canada geese have claimed

> osprey platforms before the osprey do, putting the osprey out of house and

> home. Osprey are then forced to begin to make another nest nearby, which

> is typically on another risky distribution pole...not good for osprey, not

> good for power delivery. To protect the investment we have in providing

> and maintaining these platforms that are safe for osprey to nest in and

> keep them off of our electrical system, we place a convex cover on them

> during later winter to deter the geese (typically a ground-nester) so that

> osprey can have their safe, dedicated nesting place reserved for them when

> they return year after year. Not all of them are covered, because the

> geese tend to select for certain ones being closest to the water and

> gosling brooding areas.

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> Diane

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> *It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not!*

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