[CT Birds] Darien Osprey Update

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Wed Apr 10 08:15:55 EDT 2013

Wonderful news, Tina.If there are issues with nesting on cell towers, such as interference with signals ordamage to the towers, then a proactive and humane approach would be to createexclusion devices that would prevent birds from perching and nesting in the first place.To my knowledge, I've not heard or read of any problems consequent to nestingon cell towers anywhere. All utility companies can and should be proactive if nesting birds become anactual hazard to equipment or human safety.  There's never any need tocause harm to the birds. Darien P.D. can keep busy during slow times and get out the brooms andshovels to clean up the fish remains (which are a great fertilizer for gardens -another fund-raising idea!)This is certainly a golden public education opportunity.Thank you all for your efforts on behalf of the Osprey. Meredith SampsonOld Greenwich

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
To: CT Birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Darien Osprey Update
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 14:44:57 -0400

I just spoke with the CT representative from US Fish and Wildlife regarding the Ospreys and the Darien Police headquarters cell tower nest. He informed me that the police department decided to cease shooting off shell crackers, probably due to all the negative press and phone calls. The regional office of US Fish and Wildlife will be contacting the Darien police department as well.The nest is almost complete and it is possible the birds could be sitting on eggs by the end of the week. US Fish and Wildlife is committed to protecting the Osprey and will encourage Darien to explore other solutions in the future. As far as USFWS knows, there is no evidence that having an Osprey nest on the police cell tower causes any interference with their communications. Darien's complaints were the droppings and fish heads. Not a reason to harass the birds according to the rep and certainly not in my mind either!  

I suggest they embrace the Ospreys choosing to nest on their cell tower and make lemonade out lemons. Here's an opportunity to educate their residents and how about a fundraiser for the police department - have residents name the birds, guess how many eggs and young Osprey will fledge. I am sure there are many creative folks that can come up with even better ideas than myself.

For your information, the USFWS rep told me that Northeast Utilities is committed to working with the public and USFWS in protecting nesting birds near or on their utility poles or towers. I informed him that the CT birding community does not want to have a combative relationship with anyone regarding bird activity of any kind. We are simply concerned citizens!

Thanks to all who were motivated to act in a peaceful and thoughtful way.

Tina Green
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