Yet another osprey nesting platform is in place in our service territory, thanks to company volunteers who worked Monday, Sept. 18, at Mud Pond on state game lands in Bear Creek Township, east of Wilkes-Barre.

We work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to install the nesting platforms. We donate the wooden power pole and the labor to erect the pole. These platforms give the once-threatened birds alternative spots to nest, so they don’t build their nests on high-voltage transmission line structures.

The Mud Pond platform is the sixth we’ve installed in the past two years. The past several platforms have been put up in cooperation with Carbon County Eagle Scout candidate Garrett Demkovitz, who has built the wooden platforms that get attached to the top of the utility pole.

“This is what community and caring for the environment are all about,” said Alana Roberts, our regional affairs director in northeast Pennsylvania. “Special thanks go out to the EU volunteers who give of their time and talent to make this happen. Without them, none of this would be possible.”

Majestic fish-eating ospreys were nearly wiped out in Pennsylvania by the late 1970s, but the raptor has made great strides and their numbers are rebounding.

Assisting with osprey nesting platforms is just one way we’re helping the environment. Visit www.pplelectric.com/environment to learn about all of our initiatives.

Pictured at top are PPL employees Tony Traglia, Mike Moleski and Jeff Luzenski; Scout Garrett Demkovitz; and PPL’s Eric Westover and Chris Rebuck.