The Big Walnut Nature Club gathered recently to install signs aimed at protecting the Osprey nesting on Hoover Reservoir. They replaced signs that warn boaters to steer clear of the Osprey nesting platforms near the Hoover Boardwalk in Galena.
The Osprey, also known as “fish hawks”, are a protected species and boaters often get too close to their nesting platforms. According to Big Walnut Nature Club President Jeanna Burrell, “People may not even realize they are harassing the birds by being too close but every minute the parents are away from their eggs, the eggs become cold and risk failure or are vulnerable to predators. We are so thankful to dedicated conservations like Dick Tuttle, Dick Phillips and other volunteers who erected these two platforms. It’s thanks to people like them that this species has come back from the brink of extinction. Now, we hope to protect them and build on that success.”
The Osprey were an endangered species and, in Ohio, were upgraded to threatened and now protected. Their numbers have increased significantly. Both platforms on Hoover have nesting pairs with babies this year. Platforms also exist on Alum Creek Reservoir and Delaware Lake.
The Big Walnut Nature Club is also working with the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to add signage at boat launch areas around Hoover Reservoir and additional signs on buoys around the Osprey nesting platforms to educate people.
The Big Walnut Nature Club, which started in winter 2013, is focusing on species of special interest such as the Eagles, Osprey, Prothonotary Warblers and Chimney Swifts. They also plan to offer nature programming to educate local families about the great natural resources in the Galena area. If you are interested in joining their efforts, the group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., usually at the Galena Village Hall.
For more information, contact Burrell at < firstname.lastname@example.org >.