PANAMA CITY BEACH — More than 20 osprey nests in the Florida Panhandle have to be moved to make way for a new power line.
Gulf Power is moving the nests to platforms atop new 60-foot wooden poles before construction begins this month on the 25-mile line through Bay and Walton counties. The new poles were built within 100 feet of the old utility poles.
Spokesman Jeff Rogers told the News Herald of Panama City that moving the nests will protect the ospreys during construction.
Osprey nests are usually found within a few miles of bodies of water such as lakes, bays, salt marshes, swamps, reservoirs and rivers. The state requires a permit and replacement structures to move osprey nests.
Rogers says the nests will be moved through January, during months when ospreys are not nesting.