For the Birds

OspreyWhen Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in 2012, among the destruction was an osprey nesting pole in Nissequogue River State Park. Two years later, the once endangered species has a new home in the park.

 When Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in 2012, among the destruction was an osprey nesting pole in Nissequogue River State Park.

Since then, ospreys in Nissequogue River State Park have been nesting on electrical poles. Due to their large wingspan, stretching between the primary wire and the neutral, this is dangerous to both the bird and the power supply.

Through a partnership between PSEG Long Island and State Parks, the osprey have gotten a new home. In late October, PSEG Long Island workers gathered to erect a new 40-foot pole into the marsh that will serve as a dedicated nesting station.

Once listed as endangered due to the effects of DDT on reproductive success, the osprey have since been downgraded to a species of concern. The new pole will help the population to continue growing.

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