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Relocation of ospreys' nests


Kentucky transportation and wildlife officials are working with contractors to accommodate ospreys attempting to nest in work zones where new bridges are being constructed over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.

KYTC engineers are working with various resource agencies to determine how to minimize the impact of construction activity on the birds that have re-established nests on the Kentucky Lake side.

Prior to the start of construction on the new Lakes bridges, the Transportation Cabinet funded osprey nesting platforms which were installed on both lakes.

The platforms were built to give the ospreys additional locations ideal for nesting.

A statewide inventory showed 128 nests in Kentucky. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley supported over 100 of these nests.

Of the 128 active nests found in the 2014 osprey count, 17 were constructed on bridges.

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