In Spring of 2015 a pair of Osprey began attempts to build a nest in a hazardous place on one of the utility poles that fed electricity to the City’s raw water intake pumps at Moss Lake. Once a nest is established it is illegal to remove or disturb, due to the Osprey being protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It was then decided that in order to deter the nest building, the electric division would construct a nesting platform.
The platform was built to be taller than the surrounding utility poles in hopes the Osprey pair would prefer it. They immediately took to the platform. The very next morning there were at least three pair of birds “fighting” over the platform. In spring of 2017 the Osprey had nestlings. They will come back to the same nest each year and rebuild, so we look forward to now being able to watch them up close!
In July of 2018 we installed two additional Osprey nesting platforms at Moss Lake. One is placed near the original platform and the other was installed at the New Camp Creek Site.