A group of employees from PPL’s Susquehanna Service Center in Montoursville has helped provide yet another safe nesting area for ospreys in Pennsylvania. It’s part of the continuing effort by PPL Electric Utilities to help the birds thrive.
A team of lineworkers as well as members of the Environmental Compliance group partnered with members of the biology department at Lycoming College in Lycoming County to erect an osprey platform along Loyalsock Creek with a 60-foot pole supplied by PPL. It’s the seventh platform of its kind that PPL has helped add across its service territory. It was the first one created in the Susquehanna region.
The environmental project was the subject of news coverage by two television stations – WBRE 28 and WNEP 16 – which aired segments on their evening news broadcasts.
PPL employees took on the project after being approached by representatives of Lycoming College, which owns the land where the platform now stands.
“This is just one example of the great work we continue to do in the areas we serve to help improve those communities and the environment,” said Chris Stamatedes. “The time our employees volunteered to help make this nesting platform happen will have a long-lasting impact.”
Lycoming College officials and students will be keeping a close eye on the platform. They plan to monitor it and will use it as part of a college course.
Although ospreys were considered eliminated from Pennsylvania in the early 1980s, but the population has gradually increased.
The nesting areas are important because there are very few natural nesting locations for ospreys in Pennsylvania. The structures built by PPL provide an attractive location where ospreys can survive and thrive. They are also meant to provide an alternative to nests on transmission towers that can affect the reliability of power lines and delay improvement projects associated with those lines.
Assisting with osprey nesting platforms is one of the ways PPL EU is helping the environment. Visit www.pplelectric.com/environment to learn about all of PPL’s initiatives.