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March 26, 2014

Ospreys soar to new home at Oregon Law

Nest relocates from Hayward Field to law school roof

For nearly five years, an Osprey couple has placed their nest atop a light pole at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field. Oregon Law is proud to be the site for the new, permanent rooftop platform for the Ospreys' nest.

Many people in Eugene are very passionate about the welfare of the Ospreys living in the UO community. In addition to the Ospreys at Oregon Law, one is residing at Autzen Stadium and one at the football practice field. On the morning of March 29, Oregon Law began installing a pole to serve as the new perch for the Osprey. The relocation was based on safety for the Osprey and their offspring, as well as for the safety of those attending events at Hayward Field. Currently, the public has access to areas under the lights at Hayward Field, putting them at risk for falling debris from the overhead nest. Because the law school is across the street from Hayward Field, the osprey’s new nesting platform location moves the birds' home to a more private, safe, and hospitable site while remaining close to the Willamette River.

The Osprey, sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle, river hawk or fish hawk, is a fish-eating bird of prey. The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply.

According to Oregon Law’s Building Manager Jim Horsturp, "Our location is the logical home for the new nest for a few reasons: the osprey family isn't at risk from the lighting or electrical systems, any debris falling from the nest will not impact the public in any way and it is within an acceptable distance from the old nest to accommodate the Osprey."

For Oregon Law, this relocation is another exciting facet of being an environmentally friendly law school. Facilitating the move and housing the Osprey are environmental features that add to the law school’s nationally renowned Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Relocating the Osprey to a safe site reaffirms Oregon Law’s commitment to supporting a healthy and diverse environment.

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