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Sun., Mar. 1
Serving the community of Ogdensburg, New York

Looking out for God’s creatures

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To The Editor:

Every year, Wadhams Hall plays host to a pair of very special and protected birds called osprey. They occupy one of the telephone poles at the entrance to Wadhams Hall. You know spring has sprung when you see lots of twigs suddenly appear at the top of the pole and Mom and Dad can be seen circling around.

Last week on my way to town I drove by Wadhams Hall, and there were three bucket trucks along with other vehicles on the front lawn. A group of people were watching while a man on a ladder was picking at the nest. My heart sank. I just wanted to cry. I thought they were tearing the nest down, and I kept on going because I just couldn’t bear to see it come down.

On the way back from Ogdensburg, I saw that the trucks were gone and there wasn’t a soul around. When I glanced up expecting to see an empty pole, my eyes took in the wonderful sight of the nest sitting there on top of the pole. I could even see Mom sitting quietly in her nest. I couldn’t believe it! What in the world?

I drove home and immediately went back to Wadhams Hall to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks. Sure enough, the nest was still there. I stopped and talked to the maintenance man and explained to him how upset I had gotten at the sight of the man on the ladder pulling twigs out of the nest.

Well, it seems Wadhams Hall has been designated by the man upstairs to look out for his birds, and the crew at Wadhams Hall takes their job very seriously. The electric company was there, the state Department of Environmental Conservation was there, and the crew from Wadhams Hall was outside to keep a close eye on things. Seems there were problems with bird droppings and fledglings getting too close to the wires and such, so with the permission of God’s Wadhams Hall crew, the electric company was willing to build a better platform for the birds. DEC was there to see that no harm was done to the nest while work was in progress.

In spite of the hard-hearted few who feel the world is better off without what they refer to as “nuisance critters,” there’s a whole lot more of us who feel our lives are enriched by these same “nuisance critters.”

Thank you to the Wadhams Hall employees who diligently look out for the welfare of the ospreys. Thank you, electric company, for your loving compassion and generous help in creating a safety net for the birds, and finally, thank you, DEC, for making sure that no harm comes to this beautiful bird as it continues to flourish and enrich our world with its glorious presence.

Mary Como


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