LITCHFIELD, Maine — A Maine woman is trying to protect a series of osprey nests atop power poles that are threatened by a $1.55 billion project to modernize the state’s power distribution system.
But so far Rebecca Loveland of Litchfield has been unsuccessful in her campaign to spare the nests or at least provide alternatives for the big birds’ homes.
Poles supporting the nests will be removed as part of Central Maine Power Company’s modernization effort known as the Maine Power Reliability Project.
Loveland tells the Kennebec Journal at least 60 osprey nests will be removed.
CMP spokesman John Carroll says the project seeks to protect wildlife, but the utility has permission to remove the nests.
Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife biologist Charlie Todd says osprey can build new nests.