Adams builds new home for osprey pair
Adams Electric Cooperative worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission in June to create a new nesting platform for a pair of osprey that began nesting on one of the co-op’s utility poles. The game commission originally permitted Adams Electric to remove the nest after no eggs were found. Within a day of the removal, the birds started to rebuild on that same pole, creating a potential future outage and extreme hazard for themselves.
On June 21 a line crew from the co-op’s Gettysburg District set a 60-foot post next to the pole that included a platform constructed to suggested specifications for birds of prey at the top. Osprey nests can weigh up to 300 pounds and have been known to span 7 feet. Ospreys often breed and nest near water that provides an adequate food supply. That is why the “fish hawks,” as they are sometimes referred to, chose the intersection of Wolf and Stoney Point roads in East Berlin which is located close to the Lake Meade community. According to Adams Electric members and property owners Fred and Gail Ebersole, the birds have been hanging around the area for nearly two years but have never tried to nest on the Ebersole property before.
With consent from both the landowner and the game commission, the Adams crew added “raptor guards” on the wooden cross-arms of the utility pole to deter future nesting. Ironically an Avian Protection Plan was being updated as this event happened, according to Adams CEO/General Manager Steve Rasmussen. “it’s critical that Adams’ electric distribution system and birds of prey coexist in as much harmony as possible,” he adds.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to do a project like this,” says Rasmussen. “It’s a win for everyone -- the birds, the landowners, the game commission and the co-op.”