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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Town of Brookhaven Lifeguards Perform Daring Osprey Rescue at West Meadow Beach

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Farmingville, NY - Recently, Town of Brookhaven lifeguards stationed at West Meadow Beach spotted a large bird in the water that appeared to be in in distress. As the lifeguards approached, they realized the bird was not a waterfowl, as originally suspected, but a much larger Osprey that had become entangled in thick fishing line with a weighted sinker. The bird could not fly and was on the verge of drowning as it panicked to stay afloat in the water. Town lifeguards maneuvered a rescue surfboard underneath the bird, which allowed its head to remain above water and provide it with something firm to grasp. The Town’s Environmental Educator was called to the scene to aid in the rescue and was able to get the bird into a box for transport to the Save the Animals Foundation (STAR) with the help of lifeguards on duty. The veterinarian at STAR handled the large, taloned bird with ease and professionalism while clearing the wire, flushing the wound and checking for injuries. The bird was released back near his nest at West Meadow Beach after being cleared by the veterinarian. Pictured above is the rescued Osprey being released back into the wild after being rescued at West Meadow Beach.

Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “I commend the lifeguards for their quick action to save this beautiful bird’s life. Please remember not to leave fishing line, lures, or wire on the beach or in the water. Litter and debris pose a threat to the health and safety of wildlife and marine life that call our beaches home.”

Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright said, "Thank you to the lifeguards who came to the rescue of this osprey. I am impressed by their quick thinking and ingenuity. Osprey are a valued part of the West Meadow Beach ecosystem, and I appreciate that these lifeguards went above and beyond to save the life of this important species. I also want to extend my thanks to our Environmental Educator, Nicole Pocchiare, and those at STAR for playing a part in this rescue. I encourage everyone to use fishing line recovery receptacles to properly dispose of this material that can cause devastating consequences to our cherished wildlife."
Osprey in Box 2

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