It's Maria, from State Parks here.
Just wanted to let you know I heard it thru the grapevine that the osprey are top priority for the folks at Fish and Wildlife who have given VELCO permission to replace the power poles thru the refuge up by Sandbar State Park.
Apparently the poles were in poor condition and the nests were rotting badly, one actually fell apart this winter in a wind storm. F&W restricted the times in which VELCO could do the work to ensure that it would be complete by the time the birds return for the nesting season. They're also working to make sure that no birds or nesting material would be impacted by the lines. Everyone sounds confident that the birds will like their new platforms!
Good birding to you all,
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Priscilla Douglas
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 6:52 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Osprey nesting sites
Hi - I've been noticing the Velco trucks making their way into the marsh opposite Sand Bar State Park, but today I was disconcerted to see that they had pulled down all the old osprey nests on the power poles and put in what are perhaps new nesting platforms. I hope this does not discourage the birds from nesting there again, anyone know anything about this?