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Sanibel resident building osprey nest platforms

By Staff | May 13, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Jim Columbo with some of the 15 new platforms he created.

Jim Columbo, of Sanibel, has made good use of his social distancing time at home. He got to work on some new osprey nest platforms for The International Osprey Foundation’s ongoing repair and installation program.

Columbo recently completed building another 15 for the project, according to TIOF President Susan Tucker. He makes the 40-inch-square structures with metal mesh bottoms designed to hold the nest sticks in place. Columbo uses instructions for building the platforms as suggested on TIOF’s Website.

“It was a great stay-at-home project,” he said.

Columbo has been creating the platforms for many months now.

Tucker reported that the current nesting season is almost over and the TIOF board wants to be ready to make necessary repairs before another nesting season begins in the fall.

For more information, visit ospreys.com.