Forest Service Protects Osprey Nests at Mt. Elbert Forebay — Leadville Today

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Forest Service Protects Osprey Nests at Forebay 

By Danielle Orcutt, Leadville Today Contributor

The warmer weather has finally arrived in the high country and for most residents that means it’s time for outdoor fun! But as locals get ready to go fishing or just spend the day at Mt Elbert Forebay Reservoir, it’s important to keep in mind that Ospreys nesting in the southwest area of the reservoir are doing the same.

“People and pets will sometimes get too close to the nests, stressing the birds to the point where they often abandon their nest,” said Leadville Ranger District Wildlife Biologist, Jeni Windorski. She added that if an Osprey sounds an alarming call or flaps its wings, then you’re too close and need to retreat to a respectful distance. 

This is why one third of a mile of the reservoir’s 3-mile shoreline will be barricaded and posted with signs instructing people…

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