Conservation Report - June 2022
- Last Updated: July 8, 2022
by Tim Manns
Like certain other birds, ospreys take readily to nesting opportunities people provide deliberately or inadvertently. A half century ago a pair of 100-foot towers were built along the Anacortes waterfront to illuminate nighttime construction of modular housing. These units were shipped to Alaska to accommodate workers building the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline System. For many subsequent years, ospreys nested atop these towers and became a familiar sight to observant Anacortians. Decades later, development plans called for removing the towers. The demolition permit which the city issued to site owner MJB Properties in 2020 required erecting a replacement nest platform without specifying when or where.