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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are seeking volunteers for an osprey monitoring project in Delaware.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is holding orientation sessions next week for people interested in helping keep tabs on the osprey population.

Officials say osprey populations throughout the country declined sharply in the 1950s and 60s because of DDT, PCBs and other chemical contaminants. But the raptor population began to rebound after DDT and most PCB uses were banned in the 1970s.

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SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say they're considering building a nesting platform for ospreys who insist on building and rebuilding nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted Wednesday that it is consulting with engineers about a platform after removing nests over Route 50 three times. Authority spokesman John Sales says officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pair of ospreys whose nest had been removed by state transportation workers because it was blocking a traffic camera rebuilt the nest, only to have it removed again.

The back-and-forth between the migratory birds and the Maryland Transportation Authority began Friday when the state agency tried to move the nest on a pole that holds a traffic camera on the Bay Bridge.

Agency spokesman John Sales said officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

The Osprey TV Show

Jun 11, 2013
Maryland News Connection

Osprey have their own Reality TV show. The Chesapeake Conservancy's Osprey Cam is making the nest of Tom and Audrey Osprey available for viewers in 60 countries. However, as Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns tells us, there does appear to be some sibling rivalry.