Locals concerned for an Osprey nest that is potentially being disturbed
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) —
William Brazzell says he's photographed the birds on a post for three years. This past week, he noticed a change in the bird's behavior.
"She just makes a lot of chatter at you and you can see it in her eyes when she's staring down, if you're there you're well aware that she's stressed."
Brazell is now worried for the wild life.
"The concern was the business had put the trampoline right there at the bottom of the pole where the ospreys had nested so I felt like she was being harassed and if you saw her she definitely looked harassed. She's sitting on eggs right now and it made it really hard for her companion to feed her," Brazell said.
Ospreys are not endangered or threatened but they are protected by law.
Dr. Marianne Korosy said they are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which is a federal law that protects all birds whether they're classified as threatened or endangered.
She says specifically what's protected are the nest, eggs and young birds that are still flightless in the nest. Unexpected actions around the nest can disturb the bird.
"Unusual movements that are erratic and unpredictable. There aren't people on the trampoline all the time but when they're bouncing up and down and that's something that an osprey can't become conditioned to, so it's going to disturb them."
Dr. Korosy is recommending they move the nest after the chicks grow up.
Premier Adventure Park posted on Facebook that they are working with local wildlife organizations on the proper course of action.