Wednesday, 08 February 2023

SpiritWild, PG&E help ospreys

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Bill Landers puts an osprey egg in the osprey nest, where it's hoped it will hatch. Photo courtesy of Sandie Elliott.


LAKE COUNTY – An osprey in trouble recently got a helping hand.


Pacific Gas & Electric Troubleman Bill Landers received a call April 26 that an osprey was in trouble. The bird was tangled and dangling from the nest.


Landers called SpiritWild, Lake County's wildlife center, to assist. By the time everyone arrived, the tangled adult had freed itself, but SpiritWild Director Sandie Elliott requested a nest check to be sure no babies were injured in the flap and struggle that had occurred.


While the mother circled, swooped and screamed, Landers quickly checked the babies and removed some hazardous twine and other debris.


The nest contained two hatchlings and one egg still unhatched.


SpiritWild has had an osprey egg in an incubator for nearly a month that was retrieved from an endangered nest by PG&E. The egg was due to hatch during the week of April 26-30, and this was the perfect nest in which to place the egg.


Landers and Elliott met again later in the day and Landers placed the egg in the nest.


The baby that will hatch will have a much better chance for survival with an osprey upbringing rather than one done by humans with puppets.


This is another example of the remarkable job PG&E has done assisting these magnificent birds time and time again, through its policies and its conscientious employees.


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