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New Digs for South Sound Ospreys

Ospreys build their nests with branches, twigs, grasses, bark and other material, and will reuse their nest year after year.

Ospreys in Thurston County have a new place to nest thanks to a joint project between The Nature Conservancy and Puget Sound Energy.

This spring, Puget Sound Energy built four new nesting platforms at our Glacial Heritage Preserve in South Puget Sound. The platforms, built on 60-foot utility poles, will be a safe home for breeding ospreys. Area ospreys currently nest atop power-line poles a few miles away, which is dangerous for the birds and has caused power outages.

Our biologists report that ospreys have already been perching on the newly built poles, which are located near the Black River, where they like to catch fish. We expect them to begin nesting on these new platforms within a year or two.

Our members in Washington make this work happen. Support from people like you allows us to work with partners lilke Puget Sound Energy on conservation projects in Puget Sound and across the state. Your continued support will allow us to keep protecting ospreys.

Ospreys are large, migratory raptors—birds of prey—that are common near large bodies of water. They build their nests with branches, twigs, grasses, bark and other material, and will reuse their nest year after year—continually adding more materials.

Ospreys feed almost exclusively on fish. They are also known as the sea hawk—and yes, they are the mascot of Seattle's football team! They are found on all continents except Antarctica.

Puget Sound Energy has a program devoted to making their power lines safer for birds. The organization has built more than 50 nest platforms in the region to provide safe nesting spots. 

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