Wildlife Conservation

The Majestic Osprey

The more people know about osprey, the more they love them. A symbol of a healthy environment, this majestic raptor has mastery over the land, sea and air. Ospreys have made Long Island’s coastlines and abundant fish populations their home. These powerful migratory hunters tend to come back to the same location each year to nest and raise their young.

Historically ospreys would nest near the water in dead trees. Now ospreys often choose other high locations such as telephone and utility poles, posing serious safety concerns for both the birds and our customers.

Osprey Cam

Long Island Osprey Cams

PSEG Long Island has installed 24-hour webcams at two of the nests that were safely relocated by line workers. Since the resurgence of the osprey population, PSEG Long Island and its dedicated team have identified best practices for when to move a nest, and when to create alternative safer nests for the ospreys. PSEG Long Island workers have safely relocated two dozen osprey nests in order to ensure they are out of harm’s way from high voltage systems, and taken actions to make nests safe in place at an additional eight locations.
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Osprey Location Map

Together with our community partners we’ve successfully relocated and encouraged over twenty- five osprey pairs to build their nests away from our facilities and wires. These platforms are visible in many communities including North Hempstead, Southold, Sag Harbor and Bayville.
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Osprey nest installation

Nest Relocation

Real estate is all about location. The preferred location for many of Long Island’s ospreys is the top of a utility pole, which is not best for them or your electric service. That’s why we’ve successfully – and carefully – provided new homes by relocating almost 20 osprey nests to specially-built platforms.
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Our Proactive Approach


Inventory and investigate


Engage community partners


Assess management options


Take conservation action
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Safety, Reliability and Stewardship

PSEG Long Island is committed not only to our customers but to the communities where we serve. We invest in the economy, environment and infrastructure to make the places where we operate better places to live and work. This commitment includes not only protecting our equipment, but also protecting birds like the Osprey, that live along with us here on Long Island.
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Our Conservation Partners

  • Audubon Society
  • Group for the East End
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
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How You Can Help

Help us to identify new locations or nests that may need attention. If you see an Osprey attempting to build on our utility structures and wires, please let us know. If you see something that needs attention please contact us. Our reps are available through email, live chat, Facebook and Twitter. Our crews will inspect the site and work with our experts and partners to come up with the best solution for the osprey while maintaining your best in class reliable electric service. 

For immediate emergencies, such as a nest on fire, call 911 and then us at 1-800-490-0075.


Our Conservation Partners

As of August 12, 2019:

  • Audubon New York
  • Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
  • Four Harbors Audubon Society
  • Great South Bay Audubon Society
  • Huntington – Oyster Bay Audubon Society
  • North Fork Audubon Society
  • North Shore Audubon Society
  • South Shore Audubon Society
  • Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment (CCE)
  • Concerned Citizen’s of Montauk (CCOM)
  • Group for the East End
  • Long Island Community Foundation
  • Long Island Pine Barrens Society
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation *
  • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation *
  • Operation Splash! (pending)
  • Peconic Baykeeper
  • PSEG Long Island
  • Quogue Wildlife Refuge
  • Robins Island Foundation (pending)
  • Save the Sound
  • Seatuck Environmental Association
  • Shinnecock Indian Tribe
  • Sierra Club – Long Island Chapter
  • STAR Foundation (pending)
  • Suffolk County – Department of Parks
  • The Nature Conservancy – Long Island Division
  • Town of Brookhaven – Department of Public Works *
  • Town of East Hampton – Department of Natural Resources *
  • Town of Oyster Bay – TBD
  • Town of Southampton – Department of Conservation & Environment *
  • Town of Southold – Department of Public Works *
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service *
  • Village of Greenport
  • Village of Sag Harbor
  • Village of Southampton
  • Village of Westhampton Beach
  • Volunteers for Wildlife (pending)
  • Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons 


*denotes government body or agency