To the editor:
The March 9 article on osprey touched the hearts of a large number of enthusiastic osprey watchers. Every year we wait for the first signs of their return to mark the official signs of spring. We watch as they rebuild their nests, start their families and then the long wait until the young make the final courageous leap from 100 feet to start their new lives.
It is not easy to be a young osprey. As many as 80 percent will not survive their first year.
These raptors, like so many others, need all the help they can get. So, when a utility company comes along with an Avian Protection Plan to help the odds, we are amazed and thankful.
PSE wildlife biologist Mel Walters presented the Whidbey Audubon Society with a timely presentation on the utility company and osprey. From this came an opportunity for one of their own to take a trip of a lifetime to see inside a nest and to help rebuild another one.
Thank you to PSE Community Services Manager Walt Blackford, PSE Avian Protection Planner Mel Walters and the owner of NW Utility LLC, Randy Garoutte. Randy’s crew took the photographs and his expert bucket crew took Robin on a most excellent wildlife adventure.
Wildlife matters here on Whidbey Island and it is one of the things that makes this a unique and wonderful place for us all to live.