The Osprey has Landed: Consumers Energy Assists with Nest Relocation

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Boy Scouts helped build a new nesting platform for an osprey, saving the bird and keeping the lights on for nearby customers.

An osprey has room to spread its wings thanks to an environmentally friendly nest relocation by Consumers Energy workers and a state Boy Scout troop.

An osprey nest on a Consumers Energy electric pole near Camden ruffled some feathers for customers after it caused a power outage in late April.

Electric Systems Owner Kristina Wilson, working out of Battle Creek, and Engineering Technical Analyst David Southward then worked in conjunction with Blissfield Boy Scouts from Troop 8 to relocate the nest to a new, safe spot.

Southward, the troop’s assistant scoutmaster, worked with Blissfield High School sophomore Andrew Renwand to take on the relocation as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The Boy Scouts then helped build a new nesting platform on a separate pole, saving the bird and keeping the lights on for nearby customers.

Community engagement and environmental awareness played a critical part in the relocation effort.

“It’s rewarding for me, especially when I can include some of our Boy Scouts (involved with the project),” Southward said.