How to Raise an Osprey Pole in 60 Minutes or Less

Team crosses two salt marsh creeks to bring pole to site

Team crosses two salt marsh creeks to bring pole to site

 

First, you should have a good Cape Cod spring day: a little sun, cool, with a light wind. You also need at least a dozen people, some of whom are quite strong, others who are good at offering helpful advice from the side lines, and others who take videos.

We had all of that today at Skaket Marsh in Orleans where our latest osprey pole has been installed. We started at about 2 PM.

Digging  the 5-6 foot trench

Digging the 5-6 foot trench

The second step was to dig a 6 foot deep trench. That’s part of where the strong people come in.

 

When it’s time to raise the pole, some of the crew are at the base of the pole and others are at the ends of taut ropes used to lift the pole from the top and to stablize it. The crew made it look easy.

Our thanks to all the groups who helped out: the Orleans Parks Department and Harbormaster; the Orleans Conservation Trust; and Americorps.

Raising the Pole. No sweat!

Raising the Pole. No sweat!

By 3:02 PM, all done! So, when will the ospreys come? That’s what we asked project supervisor Dennis Murley as the operation wrapped up and participants were asked appreciatively to sign their names to the pole.

 

 

 

 

 

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