Skagit Audubon

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Conservation Report - June 2022

by Tim Manns

Like certain other birds, ospreys take readily to nesting opportunities people provide deliberately or inadvertently. A half century ago a pair of 100-foot towers were built along the Anacortes waterfront to illuminate nighttime construction of modular housing. These units were shipped to Alaska to accommodate workers building the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline System. For many subsequent years, ospreys nested atop these towers and became a familiar sight to observant Anacortians. Decades later, development plans called for removing the towers. The demolition permit which the city issued to site owner MJB Properties in 2020 required erecting a replacement nest platform without specifying when or where.

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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