Utility, Governments Build Osprey Platforms

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By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A utility is working with state and local officials to build nesting sites in Cedar Rapids for ospreys.

Interstate Power and Light Company says it's working this week with the Cedar Rapids parks department, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Indian Creek Nature Center to install new platforms for ospreys along the Cedar River.

Ospreys are birds of prey with wingspans of nearly 6 feet that primarily eat fish. They migrate to Central and South America for the winter and will return to Iowa in the spring.

Interstate Power and Light says the platforms will be visible from the Sac and Fox walking trail and a hard-surface trail at the Prairie Park Fishery.

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