2008-04-04 / Community

Con Edison Gives Ospreys a New Home

For the past two years, a pair of ospreys have been nesting on top of a transformer telephone pole on Cross

Con Ed worker Laurie Wint ( in bucket) guides the nest to the new pole site. Con Ed worker Laurie Wint ( in bucket) guides the nest to the new pole site. Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

Last week, a team of workers from Con Ed carefully removed the nest and placed it on top of a new pole and nest platform about 30 feet from the original site.

"This is a much better and safer site for the ospreys," said Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian. "They are higher up and well away from the electrified wires. The Con Ed team did a great job in providing the nest pole and transferring the entire nest to the new site."

Since DDT was banned by Executive Order in 1972, ospreys have made a remarkable comeback on Long Island. These fish-eating raptors are now nesting in most wetlands on Long Island and there are about 10 nesting pair in Jamaica Bay.

For more information about ospreys in Jamaica Bay contact the American Littoral Society in Broad Channel: www.alsnyc.org

An osprey visits new nest site on Cross Bay Boulevard. An osprey visits new nest site on Cross Bay Boulevard. The Con Ed team working with the Osprey nest. The Con Ed team working with the Osprey nest. Con Ed workers carefully remove osprey nest from tele- phone pole. Con Ed workers carefully remove osprey nest from tele- phone pole.

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