By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center
The Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge has a new Osprey nesting platform. DNS worked with Cristina Frank, senior environmental scientist with Pepco Holdings, to install a new platform near the DuPont Environmental Education Center. It can be easily seen at eye level as you cross the bridge to the building.
New Osprey nesting platform near the DuPont Environmental Education Center. Photo by John Harrod.
This is the second nesting platform in the refuge. The first, which has had an active Osprey pair for eight years, was originally put up as a new home for the birds after they built a nest on transmission lines. The location of the new platform is far enough away that two pair can reside in the refuge without incident.
Original Osprey pair on the first nesting platform. Photo by Jim White.
To help encourage a second pair of Osprey to take up residence on the new platform, it is seeded with an armload of branches.
Seeding the platform with branches to encourage new Osprey residents. Photo by Jim White.
The latest platform was installed as part of a larger project to replace the old, wooden transmission lines passing through the refuge. Pepco will be installing line markers, including spiral bird diverters, to increase the visibility of the new power lines and prevent collision.
We look forward to welcoming a second pair of Osprey to the refuge. Join us at DEEC on Saturday, April 21, for the DNS Earth Day Festival to meet Cristina Frank, learn how new transmission lines are built to protect birds, and hopefully see our newest residents.