KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — When the Keuka College Soccer and Field Hockey teams open their 2019 home schedules, the Wolves will have some new fans watching from above the turf at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Over the summer a number of loose sticks were found at the base of one of the light towers. It was found that a family of ospreys were attempting to nest in the lights.
"It would be both dangerous for the osprey in the lights as well as potentially damaging to the lights," said Director of Athletics David Sweet.
A solution was found from the generosity of Power & Construction Group, Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. P&CG is an industry leader with a diverse utility construction portfolio, including the installation of street lighting and electric poles.
"Driving around the Finger Lakes region I have seen a lot of these Osprey platforms showing up, so I saw an opportunity for P&CG to help out," said Steve Losey from P&CG.
Power & Construction Group built a platform for the osprey to nest and installed it beyond the southwest corner of the turf field to provide a safe place for the birds. The platform is affixed atop a 40-foot pole. The materials and labor of the project were all gracious donated by P&CG as a part of their environmental conscious corporate philosophy.
"Kevin Kohlmeier and Doug Doerflinger from our carpentry division built the nesting platform with a perch and Greg Miller, Ty Duncan, Dan DiAngelo and Sarah Kellerson from our electric construction division installed the pole and nesting platform."
All fans, birds and alike, can watch the Wolves as they open their home schedule on Wednesday, September 4 with a field hockey, men's soccer doubleheader. The Keuka College Field Hockey team will host Houghton College at 4pm and the Men's Soccer team will follow at 7pm against the Rochester Institute of Technology.