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Osprey returns to Browns Bridge

 
By Pamela A. Keene
 
The Georgia Department of Transportation has worked diligently to protect the families of osprey that in recent years have nested on various bridges around Lake Lanier. The agency planned its work on the projects around the nesting season last year and built platforms to encourage the birds to move from bridge supports. 
 
However, some habits are hard to break. “There’s one nest back on the old Browns Bridge structure, but fortunately, we don’t have any construction or demolition planned on the old bridge this year, so they will be fine,” said Katie Strickland with GADOT. “Of all the nests, this is the only one we know of where the osprey has returned to the bridge structure and not relocated to the nearby platforms.”
 
Strickland said that the osprey have been returning to Lake Lanier in March and April from their winter migration. When the birds left late last year, GADOT and its contractors installed tall platforms and put protective structures over the high points on the bridges.
 
The osprey have nested on both Browns Bridge on Ga. 369 and on Boling Bridge on Ga. 53 in years past. The birds migrate to Central America and South Texas each winter to seek warmer weather. As the spring approaches, they return to familiar nesting grounds, including places around Lake Lanier.
 
“We will continue to make nesting platforms available for the osprey and will work to encourage them to relocate there in 2019,” Strickland said.

Posted online 4/30/18
 
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