There are many species of birds that benefit from man-made nesting structures, including several species that breed here in Sheridan County. Some of these birds may have difficulty finding the natural resources or structures needed to safely and successfully raise their young.
One of the species that is a common summer resident at the Brenton Museum’s Quarter Circle A Ranch is the osprey. Ospreys (sometimes called fish hawks) are a species of raptor that is usually found near water and feeds almost exclusively on fish. Ospreys have a webbed outer toe, and spiny pads on their feet that help them catch fish floating out of the water.
Andrew Stephenson is the property manager at Brenton Museum.