Maryland Transportation Authority in nest battle with osprey - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Maryland Transportation Authority in nest battle with osprey

Posted: Updated:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -

It has been a rough few days for a grand ole osprey trying to build a nest for the eggs it needs to lay. The trouble is where the bird wants to nest: in front of a traffic camera on a highway gantry perched above the eastbound lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

"You're close to water," says Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy. "You're protected from predators."

That is the upside.

The downside is that the Maryland Transportation Authority doesn't want the nest to block its camera's view. And on several occasions over the past week, MDTA workers have removed the nests.

"I think it's a wise decision," says Dunn. "There are lots of other alternative sites for them to nest. In fact, we actually saw them flying just down the street here looking at a couple of other options."

John Sales, spokesperson for the MDTA, says they try not to interfere with the nesting habits of wild birds. But in this case they just can't.

Sales says they were given permission by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the nests as long as there were no eggs. That was the case, according to Sales.

He says they have only the osprey's safety in mind. The camera moves and makes noises which Sales says could agitate the bird and its chicks. And he says the MDTA needs the camera to monitor the roadway.

The osprey population in Maryland has had a huge resurgence over the past 40 years, according to Dunn. Ever since the chemical DDT was banned.

"Now that's not to say that there aren't challenges in the Chesapeake Bay," Dunn explains. "There are big problems with water quality, with development and the loss of habitat. So we still have a lot of work to do to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. But today, on Earth Day, we celebrate the success story."

Which for one bird remains slightly elusive at the moment.

The osprey's odyssey is being played out right in front of the camera. You can watch here: http://chart.state.md.us/video/video.php?feed=4900c5b02e84001c00503336c4235c0a

  • FOX 5 News Morning: ArchiveMore>>

  • Zip Trip: Gaithersburg - FOX 5 at the Fair!

    Zip Trip: Gaithersburg - FOX 5 at the Fair!

    Friday, August 8 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-08-08 12:35:26 GMT
    FOX 5 hit the road for another Zip Trip! Holly Morris visited the Montgomery County Fair. From the rides, to the food, to the animals and some really cool entertainment - Holly's got a look at the fun and saw what's new in Gaithersburg and showed us the five must stops when the fair's not in town.
    FOX 5 hit the road for another Zip Trip! Holly Morris visited the Montgomery County Fair! From the rides, to the food, to the animals and some really cool entertainment - Holly's got a look at the fun and saw what's new in Gaithersburg and showed us the five must stops when the fair's not in town.

  • Zip Trip: Purcellville

    Zip Trip: Purcellville

    Friday, July 18 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-18 15:36:13 GMT
    Our latest FOX 5 Zip Trip took us to Purcellville, Virginia. The charming Loudoun County town is home to about 8,000 people.
    Our latest FOX 5 Zip Trip took us to Purcellville, Virginia. The charming Loudoun County town is home to about 8,000 people.

  • Zip Trip: Friendship Heights

    Zip Trip: Friendship Heights

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:59:49 GMT
    It didn't take us long to get to this FOX 5 Zip Trip destination...because it's in our neighborhood! Located in both northwest D.C. and southern Montgomery County, Maryland, Friendship Heights is truly a place you can live, work AND play-- and we showed you how. 
    It didn't take us long to get to this FOX 5 Zip Trip destination...because it's in our neighborhood! Located in both northwest D.C. and southern Montgomery County, Maryland, Friendship Heights is truly a place you can live, work AND play-- and we showed you how. 
  • Viral StoriesMore>>

  • Ravens fans, men and women, wear Ray Rice jerseys at Thursday night game

    Ravens fans, men and women, wear Ray Rice jerseys at Thursday night game

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-12 03:18:32 GMT
    Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white No. 27. A Ray Rice jersey.
    Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white No. 27. A Ray Rice jersey.
  • Thieves steal pumpkins grown by preschoolers

    Thieves steal pumpkins grown by preschoolers

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:28:45 GMT
    PORTALES, N.M. (AP) -- Thieves have picked clean a pumpkin patch that had been tended to by New Mexico preschoolers. Eastern New Mexico University's Child Development Center said the Portales school's pumpkin patch was raided sometime over the weekend after students had worked for months growing the pumpkins. School officials found the pumpkins missing and vines destroyed Monday morning. Lara Vaughan, the school's master teacher, says the four full pumpkins were just about to turn orange. Sh...
    PORTALES, N.M. (AP) -- Thieves have picked clean a pumpkin patch that had been tended to by New Mexico preschoolers. Eastern New Mexico University's Child Development Center said the Portales school's pumpkin patch was raided sometime over the weekend after students had worked for months growing the pumpkins. School officials found the pumpkins missing and vines destroyed Monday morning. Lara Vaughan, the school's master teacher, says the four full pumpkins were just about to turn orange. Sh...
  • Summer snow covers ground in Denver

    Summer snow covers ground in Denver

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:17:10 GMT
    DENVER - Technically, it's still summer for a few more days but it's snowing already in Colorado! The Denver area saw a dusting Wednesday and could get a bit more snow as a cold front moves through. Fortunately for residents there, this is just temporary and they'll enjoying 70 degree days again soon.
    Technically, it's still summer for a few more days but it's snowing already in Colorado! The Denver area saw a dusting Wednesday and could get a bit more snow as a cold front moves through. Fortunately for residents there, this is just temporary and they'll enjoying 70 degree days again soon.

  • Web Links Seen on TVMore>>

  • Race for Every Child: Elliott's Story

    Race for Every Child: Elliott's Story

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:50:04 GMT
    Having a child with a serious illness or disability is overwhelming. Imagine dealing with that crisis and not really having many answers about how to treat it or what the future holds.
    Having a child with a serious illness or disability is overwhelming. Imagine dealing with that crisis and not really having many answers about how to treat it or what the future holds.
  • Md. parents continue to heal after loss of daughter on Sept. 11, 2001

    Md. parents continue to heal after loss of daughter on Sept. 11, 2001

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-09-12 02:23:57 GMT
    A Maryland family joined millions of people to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. But for them, it is very personal because they lost their little girl at the Pentagon that day. The parents of 11-year-old Asia Cottom, who was on Flight 77, spoke to FOX 5 about their loss.
    A Maryland family joined millions of people to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. But for them, it is very personal because they lost their little girl at the Pentagon that day. The parents of 11-year-old Asia Cottom, who was on Flight 77, spoke to FOX 5 about their loss.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices