Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has recently erected two new Osprey nesting platforms in Baltimore City and Annapolis to provide a safe place for Ospreys to live and nest, while also protecting the integrity of BGE’s overhead power lines. Ospreys, which are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, occasionally nest on or near BGE’s electric distribution equipment. Bird nests on or near electric equipment may cause power outages and endanger the birds.
“At BGE, we have a strong commitment to balancing the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electric service with the environmental concerns of our customers and the communities we serve,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “BGE regularly engages in activities that promote environmental stewardship. A core element of our company's commitment to the environment is protecting the wildlife, forests, plants and waterways in our communities, as we provide for our customers’ energy delivery needs.”
BGE worked closely with the Port of Baltimore to have a permanent Osprey nesting platform erected at Pier 8 in Baltimore City before Osprey nesting season began. In addition, BGE erected a temporary platform in Annapolis, where several Ospreys were trying to build a nest on BGE’s electric distribution equipment. After the nesting season is over and the birds and their young have left the nest, BGE plans to build a permanent nesting platform for the birds in a nearby location.
The two new platforms join nearly 40 other Osprey nest platforms erected by BGE throughout central Maryland to ensure the birds have a safe place to nest that does not have the potential to interfere with the electric distribution system. In addition to Osprey nesting platforms, BGE has erected an American Bald Eagle nesting platform on a high-voltage transmission line tower at Marley Creek in Anne Arundel County in 2008.