Categories: STL.News

Penn Power Partners with Erie Bird Observatory to Protect Nesting Birds, Prevent Power Outages

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (STL.News) – As part of its ongoing efforts to protect nesting birds and prevent power outages, The Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), partnered with the Erie Bird Observatory to install two 55-foot wooden poles with nesting platforms in Mercer and Crawford counties. This proactive work will help prevent electrical service disruptions by discouraging ospreys from nesting on utility poles when they return to the area in the coming weeks.

A $5,000 FirstEnergy Foundation grant was awarded to the Erie Bird Observatory in the fall of 2019 to fund the construction of several nesting platforms across western Pennsylvania. Penn Power partnered with the organization to install the new nesting platforms adjacent to utility poles that have experienced high levels of osprey activity.

“We’ve experienced a significant spike in the osprey population over recent years, and we anticipate this year will be no different since the birds typically return to the same nesting sites as the year before,” said Amy Ruszala, an environmental scientist and avian expert at FirstEnergy. “Our goal is to not only remove unoccupied osprey nests that are situated on our utility poles, but also take action to prevent the birds from making new nests on our equipment this spring.”

Birds of prey, like ospreys, often seek out tall structures including electric transmission towers and poles to build their nests, which can measure up to three feet in width. These nesting habits often place the birds near energized electrical equipment – jeopardizing their well-being and potentially causing power outages.

Because ospreys prefer to nest near large bodies of water, the 5-square-foot wooden nesting platforms were installed on top of new wooden poles located near utility poles and electric equipment that previously served as prime real estate for the birds near the Route 18 causeway over the Shenango River Lake.

“We are proud to partner with Penn Power to have these nest structures in place before the ospreys return to the area in late March and take up nesting this spring,” said Sarah Sargent, executive director and founder of the Erie Bird Observatory. “Our partnership is a win-win because it helps keep the nesting birds safe and also benefits the electric customers.”

Utility personnel also worked closely with FirstEnergy’s environmentalists and state wildlife officials to remove nests from substations and transmission towers while the birds were south for the winter. Ospreys are a month away from the onset of their breeding season and will lay their eggs between April and July.

Penn Power is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy and serves more than 160,000 customers in all or parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania. Follow Penn Power on Twitter @Penn_Power, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennPower, and online at www.pennpower.com.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

The post Penn Power Partners with Erie Bird Observatory to Protect Nesting Birds, Prevent Power Outages appeared first on STL.News.

Source link

Editor

Recent Posts

Delaware COVID-19 Update: Public Health Announces 110 New Positive Cases; 1 Additional DeathDelaware COVID-19 Update: Public Health Announces 110 New Positive Cases; 1 Additional Death

Delaware COVID-19 Update: Public Health Announces 110 New Positive Cases; 1 Additional Death

SMYRNA, DE (STL.News) The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing one additional fatality related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),…

44 mins ago
Cantor Fitzgerald Agrees to Pay $3.2 Million to Settle Charges for Providing Deficient Blue Sheet DataCantor Fitzgerald Agrees to Pay $3.2 Million to Settle Charges for Providing Deficient Blue Sheet Data

Cantor Fitzgerald Agrees to Pay $3.2 Million to Settle Charges for Providing Deficient Blue Sheet Data

Washington, DC (STL.News) The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced that Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. has agreed to pay…

2 hours ago
Lost Hikers Receive Helping Hand From Border PatrolLost Hikers Receive Helping Hand From Border Patrol

Lost Hikers Receive Helping Hand From Border Patrol

TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) A pair of local hikers lost near Parker Canyon Lake were found by U.S. Border Patrol agents…

3 hours ago
Georgia Man Franklin Love McDaniel Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of MinorsGeorgia Man Franklin Love McDaniel Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of Minors

Georgia Man Franklin Love McDaniel Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of Minors

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Hahira, Georgia, man was charged in federal district court with…

4 hours ago
With Safer at Home Order in Effect, Wisconsin AG Kaul Emphasizes Importance of Online SafetyWith Safer at Home Order in Effect, Wisconsin AG Kaul Emphasizes Importance of Online Safety

With Safer at Home Order in Effect, Wisconsin AG Kaul Emphasizes Importance of Online Safety

(STL.News) – With Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order in effect and a likely increase in children’s screen time and internet…

5 hours ago
Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Postpones Board Of Equalization MeetingOklahoma Gov. Stitt Postpones Board Of Equalization Meeting

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Postpones Board Of Equalization Meeting

(STL.News) – Governor Kevin Stitt postponed this afternoon’s special meeting of the Board of Equalization after being made aware of a…

6 hours ago