Green Mountain Power is giving some rare big birds new homes.
Ospreys have been nesting atop utility poles in Shelburne. GMP officials say that can be dangerous for both the birds and power customers. So, they put up a new pole and platform a few feet away and then carefully moved the nest to its new home.
"Sticks touching the electric lines can cause fires, can cause outages, and can also kill the birds so no one wins in that case. So, moving them makes sense-- it protects the birds and keeps people's lights on," explained Robert Dostis with Green Mountain Power.
GMP first started building nesting sites in the 1980s when the osprey population was on the decline. The population now appears to be rebounding. Dostis says ospreys are also nesting on two power poles in Vergennes, so the utility will put up platforms there soon, as well.