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Nesting Ospreys Costing Business Thousands

While the world fawns over the celebrity family of Bald Eagles, a family of Ospreys nesting on a crane is causing headaches and costing one business thousands of dollars.

In Florida, a 150-foot mechanical crane has become a nest for the Ospreys, which are large, fish-eating raptors.

However, when it was time to actually move the crane to its next destination where it would make $8,000 day, owner Jani Salonen tried to do the right thing by reporting the nest and getting it legally moved to a nearby nesting post.

The state approved the move but the federal government denied the request because there’s no law saying you could move a nest based on an inconvenience.

Due to the unfortunate denial by the government, Salonen is regretting having done the right thing by reporting it because he may now have to wait until the chicks learn to fly which could take months. At $8,000 a day, those months would cost him a lot of money.

Salonen, who didn’t simply dump the nest into the sea so he could take the crane to the next place, should be rewarded for doing the right thing and filing for a permit. Moving the nest would do not significant harm to the sea hawks and their young.

The National Audubon Society was prepared to move the nest before the permit was denied. Salonen and Audubon will continue to lobby the government for a permit.

Moving the nest is illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was designed to protect birds.

Hopefully, this situation is resolved in a way where the Ospreys remain safe and Salonen can reclaim his crane.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.


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