Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 2, 2013

Osprey nest gets new home

MARION (AP) — A Michigan high school that had problems with ospreys nesting on its football stadium lights worked with the state and a utility to give the birds a different home.

The nest was removed near the end of August and kept at Marion High School while a shop class built a new home for the birds, the state Department of Natural Resources said. The birds have been a common sight in the northern Lower Peninsula community.

“The osprey will drop fish right on the football field,” Beth Robb, the school’s principal, said in a statement.

The birds had one chick that has already learned to fly, so they weren’t reliant upon the nest anymore, the DNR said. The birds are currently in the southern U.S., headed to Central and South America, and are expected back in Michigan in the spring.

“The school really loves having the osprey, but we just need to adjust the location a bit,” DNR wildlife biologist Erin Victory, who worked with Consumers Energy and the high school to relocate the nesting site, said in a statement.

On Monday, Consumers Energy dug a 9-foot-deep hole, and the high school students and their teacher, Adam Cole, attached the osprey platform they built to a telephone pole donated by the utility. A Consumers Energy crew then set the 70-foot pole in the ground.

Workers with the utility, which is a unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp., then placed the nest onto the platform. The school is located in Osceola County, about 155 miles northwest of Detroit, and students are eager to find out whether the ospreys return.

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