Xcel Energy gives osprey new home in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Xcel Energy is doing more than provide your power, now it’s giving a home to a pair of osprey.

Osprey are known to nest on high perches, and one bird decided to build its home on a power pole at the intersection of Melby Street and North Hastings Way in Eau Claire.
 
Jeff Buss, a journeyman lineman for Xcel Energy, said it’s unsafe for the birds to nest there, so he and a fellow lineman built them a new home.

"It really does two things. It protects the people and the lines, and outages which are big, and it also just provides a home for the birds,"  Buss said.

Buss said this isn’t the first time he’s created a new home for wildlife, and he’s always happy to help out the birds because it’s good for the environment.

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