Students work with utility to build osprey platform
A local high school that had problems with osprey nesting on its football stadium lights worked with the state to give the birds a new home.
Marion High School sits just outside of Marion in Osceola County, and, as the DNR explains, overlooks fields and the Middle Branch River. It also is near a large mill pond with plenty of fish.
"The osprey will drop fish right on the football field," Beth Robbins, Marion High School principal told the DNR.
The Department of Natural Resources said the nest was removed near the end of August and kept at Marion High School while a shop class built a new home for the birds.
According to the DNR, the birds had one chick that had already learned to fly so they weren't reliant upon the nest anymore.
On Monday, Consumers Energy dug a hole 9-feet deep and the students attached the platform they built to a phone pole donated by Consumers.
The osprey are currently in the southern United States, the DNR said, and headed to Central and South America soon. But they will be back in Michigan come spring for breeding season.