The Osprey Project
The Osprey Project seeks to provide safer, alternative nesting sites for the many ospreys currently nesting on potentially dangerous utility poles around all the villages of Falmouth.
During the 2021 breeding season, nine fires and power outages were directly linked to ospreys nesting on these poles. Such outages and fires are expensive and problematic to the town, fire department, police department, and to impacted areas. In a desperate attempt to save birds from electrocuting themselves as they try to re-build removed nests, we have come up with a four-pronged approach.
Image by Matthew Schwartz via Unsplash
We have begun handing out all the osprey platform kits to the 18 volunteer builders. These include Boy Scout Troop 40 from Taunton, a Falmouth Eagle Scout candidate, father/daughter building teams, father/son building teams, husband/wife building teams as well as individuals who just seem comfortable with tools. When these are done, many of those volunteers will take part in attaching them to the poles and helping to get them up at the new location! It is really happening, Falmouth!
FTWC, Inc. has agreed to oversee the funding for the project that is making Falmouth safer for humans and ospreys. Your donation is therefore a charitable contribution to an established not-for-profit 501(C)3. The funds will then pay for the materials for the platforms, poles, and labor to get these safer, alternative nest sites established and in place. Any funds that you donate will be used solely for this project.
Have any questions? Want to volunteer? Please text/call Barbara Schneider at (508) 331-2929!
The Osprey Project has won the Martha's Vineyard Bank Community Impact Grant! This grant will help us cover the cost of three more osprey poles and platforms. Thank you for voting!