|The brainchild of the project, Barbara Mallon with me on the day of|
installation. Photo by Mario Gomez.
She contacted noted Long Island bird expert and activist, Jim Jones, who worked with me and Barbara on a project to build and install two platforms in the Village of Manorhaven. Jim built many platforms throughout Long Island over the years and he worked with us in building two of them a few weeks ago. Over the last weekend, we installed them with the help of the Environmental Club at Schreiber High School in Port Washington and Manorhaven Mayor Giunta and Village Trustee Steele. The day before the installation, the village road crew delivered the platforms to the installation site.
The heroes of this project are Barbara Mallon and Jim Jones. Barbara raised $500 from Manorhaven residents to build the platforms and Jim Jones volunteered his experience in building and installing the platforms.
Photos of the installation are below. We hope that the ospreys will move in some time this spring.
|The first step in installation is to dig a hole. Photo by Mario Gomez.|
|The platforms have to be carried to the site for installation at low tide. Photo by Mario Gomez.|
|The platforms are hoisted up and placed in the hole that was dug. Photo by Mario Gomez.|
|The hole is filled in and braces are installed. Photo by Mario Gomez.|
|The installation crew for platform #1 near Tom's Point, Manorhaven. Photo by Mario Gomez.|
|The completed platform waiting for the spring ospreys. Photo by Mario Gomez.|
|The second platform installation crew. This one was installed near the mouth of Sheets Creek.|
|All we need now are the ospreys to arrive this spring. Photo by Mario Gomez.|