Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Osprey nest cleared from crane working on Tampa's Riverwalk

TAMPA — An osprey nest atop a 150-foot-tall crane being used to build Tampa's Riverwalk will not delay the $8.8 million project, officials said Tuesday.

Someone spotted the nest Monday, and the contractor, Johnson Bros. Corp. of Lithia, called in an eagle and osprey expert from the Clearwater Audubon Society.

Checking the nest Tuesday from the 22nd floor of a downtown skyscraper, Barbara Walker determined that the osprey pair had started piling sticks but had not laid eggs and did not have chicks. As a result, workers could lower the crane's boom and clear off the nest.

"I'm so glad that they called me soon, because once they had eggs or young, it is a federal issue, and there is nothing I can do," said Walker, who has a state permit to remove migratory birds' nests and is called in to assist on such cases around the region.

Johnson Bros. project manager John Meagher said he knows Walker from an incident when another osprey started nest-building atop one of his company's cranes in Belleair and called her "to be safe and cautious."

"Wildlife is important to us, and we don't want them to harm them in any way," he said. After removing the sticks, workers put some wire on the crane to discourage the birds from returning and, at Walker's suggestion, plan to add an orange traffic cone.

Johnson Bros. is building a section of the Riverwalk that consists of an over-the-water promenade going north from MacDill Park and under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It is expected to done around Thanksgiving.

Meagher's crews were working on something else Monday, so the crane wasn't in use.

"We don't see any schedule impact at this point from the osprey," said David Vaughn, the city's director of contract administration.

Osprey nest cleared from crane working on Tampa's Riverwalk 03/25/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 6:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Kremlin dismisses U.S. warning of chemical attack in Syria (w/video)

    World

    .1103< AP-EU-Russia-Syria,252

    Eds: Rewrites top.

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead.

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, third right, prays on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the Nouri Mosque in Hama, Syria, Sunday, June 25, 2017. [SANA via AP]
  2. EU announces record $2.7 billion antitrust fine on Google over search results

    Business

    BRUSSELS — The European Union's antitrust chief announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, saying that the powerful company illegally steered users toward its comparison shopping website.

    The European Union's competition watchdog has slapped a record 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service. [Associated Press file photo]
  3. Forecast: Muggy, warm conditions across Tampa Bay as afternoon storms stay mostly east of I-75

    Weather

    A muggy and slightly wet day is in on tap for Tampa Bay as most of the rain sticks east of Interstate 75 in the afternoon.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  4. Trigaux: No more VinikVille as Water Street Tampa finally arrives

    Business

    Adios, VinikVille! Hello Water Street Tampa.

    An aerial rendering of the $3 billion redevelopment project that Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners plan on 50-plus acres around Amalie Arena.&#13;[Rendering courtesy of Strategic Property Partners]&#13;
  5. Finally, Jeff Vinik's vision has a name: Water Street Tampa

    Business

    TAMPA — For years, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and the real estate executives he employs have been dreaming how to transform 53 acres of downtown Tampa into a major hub of living, working and entertaining in the city's core.

    Strategic Property Partners announced the name of its new development: Water Street Tampa. This rendering shows the Tampa skyline with SPP's future buildings in place. [Photos courtesy of SPP]