Press Release

Ospreys Get Safe New Homes in the Hamptons, Riverhead, North and South Fork

PSEG Long Island relocates nests to protect the birds, improve reliability

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(Uniondale, NY – April 26, 2019) — In balancing its commitment to delivering consistent, safe power for its customers with its commitment to being a good environmental steward, PSEG Long Island has carefully relocated nearly two dozen existing osprey nests from electrical facilities in time for egg-laying season, including several in the Hamptons.

“We have identified more than 20 locations across Long Island in the last couple of months and have provided new platform homes or resolutions to keep the returning osprey safe,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission and Distribution, PSEG Long Island. “Within days of completing the platforms, we were pleased to see the birds return and begin building new nests on them.”

PSEG Long Island conducts annual inspections of the transmission and distribution system across Long Island and the Rockaways. During the course of these standard inspections in the Hamptons, several nests were discovered on electrical equipment. Personnel worked quickly to create a plan to provide safe nesting locations before the birds returned to the area to nest.

Nests were located in Mattituck, Watermill, Riverhead, Southold and Montauk.

Ospreys instinctively seek lofty places for their nests, often choosing utility poles and transmission structures. When ospreys build a nest on electrical equipment, it puts the nest in danger of catching fire, which can cause significant damage and outages to customers, as well has harm to the ospreys. The birds 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. The installation of nesting platforms provides a safe nesting area for the osprey away from vital electrical infrastructure, helping PSEG Long Island maintain strong electric service reliability.

O’Connell continued, “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.”

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.


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PSEG Long Island
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.