THE HAT SAYS IT ALL...
Two of the owners of Great Lakes Line Builders gave up their free time to help out The Feather Wildlife center. They gave their time and equipment to put up two new osprey platforms in the New London area.
The first platform was erected on private property along the Embarass River outside New London.
This pole was 57 feet, with 7 of those being in the ground. There was no frost at all in the ground. It was done early in the morning before the mud started to thaw.
The platform was built by the 4H group out of Shiocton with the lumber being donated by Mike Young's son, Abe.
The pole was the higest spot on the property. Across from the river is a low wetland that teems with fish. It should be a perfect spot to take up housekeeping for a pair of ospreys.
This pole is on private property.
After the pole is in place. Jim Schroeder climbs and brings along the funiture for the nest.
Jim buckets up sticks for the nest site.
He arranges them in the nest. Ospreys will add whatever they want to the site if they decide to raise their young on this platform. A pair of ospreys have been observed all summer flying over this site. With a little bit of luck and a good fishing hole they just might take the new nest.
First finished pole.
Part of the team from left to right, Don Baumgartner, Jim Schroeder, Jeff Ulman and Kim Jordan.
Now on to Mosquito Hill for the next job.
This platform was donated by American Transmission Company.
ATC has been a part of ongoing osprey projects for the past three years now with the Feather.
Digging at Mosquito Hill Nature center just east of New London in Outagamie county.
We have two platforms at the hill, but the new one is much higher and in a more open location.
Should this site be taken by ospreys, we hope to add a cam at a later date.
This pole is up about 45 feet on a ridge over looking the property to the north of the nature center.