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Ill. installs nest platforms for endangered birds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

Illinois officials are trying to attract an endangered bird by building nesting platforms at a state park.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative installed two elevated platforms for nesting ospreys at Sangchris Lake State Park southeast of Rochester on Friday.

Ospreys are a bird of prey whose population has rebounded since the pesticide DDT was banned in the 1970s. They nest in large trees and rock formations near rivers and streams.

Similar platforms - including at the Sullivan Beach area of Lake Shelbyville - have attracted nesting ospreys at other sites in the Midwest.

Adult ospreys are sometimes mistaken for the larger bald eagle. Ospreys can grow to 26 inches long and have a black upper body and mostly white head.

 Online: http://dnr.state.il.us

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