Last year while visiting Mom and Dad I was thrilled to see an Osprey Eagles nest atop a telephone pole on the road to Fergus near the end of Lake Belwood.
This year thanks to the effort of the Friends of the Grand River the returning Osprey's have a new nesting platform to construct their nest on. As you can see the eagles have taken full advantage of the platform.
Many of us have been treated to the stirring sight of the Ospreys fishing on the Grand River. As part of FOGRs conservation efforts Terry Ryckman and crew were out in Belwood Conservation Area installing a nesting platform so that more breeding pairs of osprey will be attracted to the Grand River valley. Our nesting platform is modeled after other successful nesting platforms installed in Florida. The structure consists of a telephone pole with a baffle near the mid point and a wooden pallet on the top to support the truly massive osprey nest. We hope to have a nesting pair of ospreys using the platform within two or three years so that more folks will be treated to the sight of the mighty fishing eagles.
Located just a few miles from Mom and Dad's in Belwood is the town of Shelburne Ontario and the 'Melancthon Gray Wind Site' consisting of 51 windmills supplying electricity to the Ontario hydro grid.
At about 122 feet long, they look like they could be the wings for a giant alien spaceship. Each constructed windmill unit contains three of the massive blades, which sell for about $1 million. The blades weigh 14,200 pounds each and are made up mainly of fiberglass, with some balsa wood on the interiors. The exteriors are designed to shed snow and ice. Each has a lightning arrestor. The generators are designed to deliver peak generation in winds of 25 mph. In higher winds, the propellers are feathered to reduce the speed of rotation. The $120 million Melancthon Project is an initiative by Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., which runs four wind energy plants.