TAMAQUA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – An eagle scout project is taking flight in Schuylkill County.
Not only is it getting an area teen closer to his ultimate goal…but it’s offering a platform of protection for a once endangered bird in our state.
Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County is a beautiful peaceful place…except for Tuesday afternoon when PPL, The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Boy Scouts of America were hard at work helping a future Eagle Scout install a new home for some feathered friends.
Garrett Demkovitz from Boy Scout Troop 209 in Tamaqua is working towards his Eagle Scout rank. This is his fourth Osprey nesting platform that he has built and installed in different parts of Pennsylvania over the past two years.
His project is part of a program by PPL Electric Utilities with cooperation of the game commission. The goal is to give the birds a safe nesting place besides utility poles. Ospreys are the only raptor in Pennsylvania that eat exclusively fish and are typically found near large bodies of water. These platforms will help support their future.
Besides a boost for the birds, it’s also helping Garrett build teamwork and leadership skills by getting involved.
In the 1980’s, there was only one active osprey nest sight in all of Pennsylvania…now there are between 100 and 150.
A fifth Osprey nesting platform is being installed this Saturday at Beltzville Lake in Carbon County.