Vermont ospreys struggle

CVPS spokesman Steve Costello, who worked with Zetterstrom, Gobeille and other state officials over the years, said the failed nests provided a reminder of how the natural world is filled with interdependancies.

Gobeille and Costello plan to add a new platform at Lake Arrowhead this fall, and will look at ways to install new predator shields on existing nest platforms in case a fisher is responsible for the failures.

"Given their rebound from near extinction, we do want to provide the ospreys an opportunity to thrive at the lake," Costello said. "It was a disappointing season, but if predation was the cause of most of the failures, as it appears to be, it's imprtant to remember that every species has got to eat - even species that see ospreys as a meal ticket."

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