Osprey nests saved from perilous poles

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat

Pacific Gas and Electric Company last week added one more platform to its power poles along O'Byrnes Ferry Road, a popular nesting spot for birds of prey.

The platforms serve as an alternative nesting spot from the poles themselves, to mitigate the chance that the birds or their nests would get electrocuted, possibly causing power outages or even fires.

There were already three platformed poles along the road that bridges Tulloch Reservoir. All were used by bird families, mostly osprey.

The new fourth platform was built on Thursday after another mother osprey apparently had her sights set on the pole.

One Copperopolis resident and car-side bird-watcher was happy a platform was built.

Bonita Pivirotto-Datwyler, of Copperopolis, drives O'Byrnes Ferry Road daily and, along with her 8-year-old daughter, Ciara, enjoys seeing the osprey roosting along the road.

But the osprey are typically roosting on PG&E Company power poles - something dangerous for the birds and nearby people, PG&E says.

For the full story, see the June 17, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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