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Ospreys Will Have Four New Nesting Platforms At Patoka Lake
Updated March 9, 2018 6:49 AM
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(PATOKA LAKE) - When ospreys return to Patoka Lake this spring, they will have four new nesting platforms, courtesy of Dubois County Rural Electric Cooperative.

The four platforms were donated and installed by DUbois County Rural Electric Cooperative volunteers

The 30-foot platforms will serve as a safe place for osprey to nest away from live power lines.

Ospreys are abundant at Patoka Lake, which created a demand for more platforms. Traditionally, ospreys nested in large, dead trees overlooking water. Power lines along waterways are also appealing to the birds but are dangerous.

In 2017, an osprey pair built nests on power poles along State Road 164 near the lake, according to Patoka Lake wildlife specialist Brian Finch.

Finch says the platforms will draw the birds from unsafe areas with power lines and create educational opportunities for the Patoka Lake community and visitors.

Two of the nesting structures are at the intersection of S.R. 145 and S.R. 164. One is along S.R. 164 near the Crawford-Dubois county line. Another is at the South Lick Fork State Recreation Area boat ramp.

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