Safe New Home For Osprey in Bayville
PSEG Long Island relocates osprey nest to a new and improved location
(Uniondale, N.Y. — Feb. 28, 2019) — In balancing its commitment to the consistent, safe delivery of power for its customers with its commitment to being a good environmental steward, PSEG Long Island has carefully removed an existing osprey nest from electrical facilities, installed a new osprey nesting platform and relocated the nest to the platform.
“This platform is meant to encourage the returning osprey to nest away from the power lines and equipment,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution, PSEG Long Island. “We want to help ensure these wonderful birds continue to return to the area year after year while, at the same time, protecting the reliability of the energy grid. This was a great opportunity to do both.”
PSEG Long Island conducts annual inspections of the transmission and distribution system across Long Island and the Rockaways. Upon inspection of the electrical equipment on West Harbor Drive in Bayville, New York, crews found an osprey nest built on top of the pole with several distribution lines. It was determined the nest was in danger of catching fire and causing significant damage.
Employees worked quickly to offer a solution that would continue to provide reliable service to approximately 2,000 customers in the area, as well as offer the returning osprey couple a safe location to start a new family in the springtime.
“The residents of Bayville are very appreciative of PSEG Long Island’s efforts to preserve the natural wonders of Bayville,” said Bob DeNatale, mayor of Bayville. “PSEG Long Island is a very good corporate citizen.”
The installation of a pole extender and a nesting platform provides a safe nesting area for the osprey away from vital electrical infrastructure, helping PSEG Long Island maintain strong electric service reliability. Ospreys often use utility poles and transmission structures for nesting, which jeopardizes system reliability, causes outages and damages equipment. Additionally, ospreys are at high risk of electrocution, as their large wingspan can complete the circuit between closely spaced energized equipment or between an energized wire and a neutral ground wire.
Long Island is home to more than 400 species of birds, including the majestic osprey. Ospreys are large beautiful birds and a popular sight on Long Island. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Long Island’s osprey population decreased and became endangered. The effort to build safe nesting sites on or near waterways has contributed to the rise in the population of osprey.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.