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CMP crews move osprey pair to new nesting site
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 14, 2008 — Central Maine Power Co. took steps last week to keep a pair of osprey from continuing to nest on a utility pole in Newport. Workers erected a nesting platform atop a pole about 20 feet from existing equipment in front of the Sebasticook Valley Middle School.
“The osprey had nested in the same area last year, and after they migrated south in the fall, we removed the nest to discourage them from using the same site again,” says CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice. “When the birds returned this spring, they started rebuilding on an adjacent pole. Students at the school became concerned for their safety, and we decided it was better for the birds and system reliability to relocate the nest.”
CMP estimates there are several hundred nests on poles and other equipment in the utility’s 11,000-square-mile service territory. If the nests don’t pose a risk to power reliability or wildlife, they are left alone. When they threaten safety and reliability, CMP has a permit to remove or relocate osprey nests. Like virtually all bird species, ospreys are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act, so any work on active nests must be coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We’re confident the birds will take to the platform,” said Rice. “It’s a little higher than the nearby poles, and we were able to keep most of the nest intact as we moved it to the new location.” In addition to the nesting platform, CMP crews installed plastic piping on the nearby pole tops to deter the birds from returning to their original nesting site.
“Our top priority is to provide safe and reliable power delivery to customers. Moving the nest keeps the birds safe, and reduces the risk to our system,” added Rice.
Students at the Sabasticook Valley Middle School have installed a web cam so they — and the public — can monitor the ospreys’ activity. A link to the cam can be found at the school’s web site: http://www.msad48.info/.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
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