Visitors to Brady’s Lake in Monroe County may have noticed a welcomed addition to the landscape in that peaceful part of the Poconos: nesting osprey. As many as four of them.
The majestic fish-eating ospreys were spotted in late summer atop the 50-foot-high nesting platform that PPL Electric Utilities employees erected in November 2016 as part of a project undertaken with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Boy Scouts.
It appeared two adults and two chicks made the platform on Beaver Pond Trail on the west side of Brady’s Lake their home.
Brady’s Lake is a 229-acre manmade public impoundment located 2.8 miles north of Route 940 on State Game Lands No. 127 in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County. The lake is owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and managed for waterfowl propagation and angling.
“We are so pleased to see that our efforts to help enhance habitat for ospreys is working at this location and others across Pennsylvania,” said Meg Welker, a senior environmental professional at PPL Electric Utilities. “We are grateful to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for allowing us to partner on this and other projects like this. Our reward is seeing these beautiful birds back in this area.”
Ospreys are known for nesting on artificial structures, such as electricity towers, cell phone towers and bridges located near water, where they can feed. Osprey nests on transmission towers can affect the reliability of the lane and could delay improvement projects associated with that line.
Providing a separate nesting place is good for both those structures and the wildlife. PPL Electric Utilities has been adding nesting platforms in various parts of Pennsylvania.
The osprey nesting program is among a variety of environmental initiatives that PPL Electric Utilities has undertaken. The company has given out more than 70,000 trees as part of its Community Roots project. It recycles no-longer-used utility poles, has a fleet of electrical vehicles used by employees and use battery-operated bucket lifts on its bucket trucks. PPL recently started an environmental scholarship program, as well.