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TIOF prepared as osprey season kicks off

By TIOF - | Jan 27, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Eugenio Hernandez and Carlos Hernandez, of Tree Trimming Doctor, with their crew.

As another osprey nesting season gets under way, The International Osprey Foundation has been making sure the nest sites of the raptors on Sanibel and Captiva are safe and secure.

In the past 12 months, TIOF replaced 14 platforms, according to President Susan Tucker. And most of them are already occupied. Sanibel resident Jim Columbo builds the osprey platforms and has incorporated improvements to increase their durability.

“All platforms are now being marked with the builder’s name (Columbo) and the year built for our records,” she said.

Tucker also commended Carlos Hernandez, of Tree Trimming Doctor, for continuing to donate his time, crew and equipment. He has been installing TIOF platforms for 22 years.

In addition, TIOF’s board of directors thanked nest monitors, homeowners, visitors and the city of Sanibel Natural Resources Department for reporting nests that were in need of maintenance. Sanibel and Captiva have over 70 active nests, which are monitored January through May by groups of nest monitor volunteers.

Anyone who sees an osprey in distress or needing medical attention can contact the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife at 239-472-3644. To contact TIOF, email tiof@outlook.com.