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Volunteers build osprey platforms at Beltzville Lake

Osprey stands put up


Osprey also known as a fish eagle and a sea hawk.

They are a fish-eating bird of prey that can tolerate a wide variety of habitats, but were nearly wiped out by man decades ago.

Today, man is helping this bird.

"I decided to do an osprey nesting platform as an Eagle Scout project" Boy Scout Garrett Demkovitz said.

This is the third osprey nesting platform Demkovitz has helped with.

This platform is located at the Beltzville Lake.

"What we're doing is building 3 x 3 platforms that are made out of hemlock and putting them on a 60 telephone pole." Demkovitz said. "I'm working with PPL and the game commission."

"It's a really great opportunity when we can work together with private industry," adds Richard Fritsky with the PA Game Commission.

Joe Nixon is from PPL Electric said, "It's about helping me environment and helping the osprey flourish. The osprey was almost wiped out back in the 70's due to pesticides."

These platforms are also being put up at an ideal time of year for the bird.

"The hope is that osprey will come and nest and nesting season starts in about a month" Nixon said.

Teamwork between a teen, a private company and a government organization. A common goal to help this species thrive.

"It feels really cool a good accomplishment wow I actually put this all together to put that up there," Demkovitz said.

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