2008-07-11 / Community

Threatened Bay Ospreys Making Comeback

A fledgling osprey overlooks Jamaica Bay and the Littoral Society boat at a marsh nest site, one of 10 active nest sites around Jamaica Bay. A fledgling osprey overlooks Jamaica Bay and the Littoral Society boat at a marsh nest site, one of 10 active nest sites around Jamaica Bay. With help from Con Edison, the American Littoral Society completed its annual banding and monitoring survey of the NY State threatened osprey, a magnificent bird of prey. "Thanks to the banning of DDT in 1972 and the erection of nesting platforms by the National Park Service, these majestic fish-eating birds with a 5-foot wingspan are once again becoming common in New York City waters," said Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian. " This year we banded 19 young at 10 nest sites." Con Edison helped out by bringing in 2 trucks with buckets to reach the nest site along the southbound lane of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. This was the same nest site that, in the spring, Con Edison had transferred to a new platform to replace the one that the ospreys had built on top of a transformer telephone pole. To learn more about the osprey and other wildlife in the bay, visit the new exhibits at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or join Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen on one of their monthly nature walks at Gateway NRA. For more information, check the Littoral Society website: www.alsnyc.org

A Con Ed worker (L.) and wildlife biologist check the Crossbay Boulevard osprey nest using a bucket lift. Look closely, there are 3 young osprey in the nest. A Con Ed worker (L.) and wildlife biologist check the Crossbay Boulevard osprey nest using a bucket lift. Look closely, there are 3 young osprey in the nest. Workers from Con Edison and the Jamaica Bay Guardian ( 2nd from right) stand next to the Con Ed truck used to reach the high nest on Crossbay Boulevard. Workers from Con Edison and the Jamaica Bay Guardian ( 2nd from right) stand next to the Con Ed truck used to reach the high nest on Crossbay Boulevard.

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