JCP&L expands osprey protection program

    An electric utility that serves the Jersey Shore is expanding an osprey protection program.

    A Jersey Central Power & Light spokesman says crews will survey existing and potential osprey nesting locations on the utility’s poles and equipment.

    They’ll then built new nesting platforms that will protect the raptors from potential electrocution and install specialized devices on JCP&L property to discourage nesting. 

    The utility says it has already identified nests in Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Ocean, Spring Lake Heights, Brick, and Bayville that require attention.

    “As the osprey population continues to grow, we appreciate the proactive protection work being done by JCP&L,” said Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. “To an osprey, a utility pole near the coast seems like an ideal spot to perch or build a nest, but it could jeopardize their health. This comprehensive JCP&L program will help ospreys coexist with the demands of our modern society.”

    [RELATED: N.J. osprey population continues to grow]

    In 2016, JCP&L successfully moved osprey nests in Brick and Union Beach to newly constructed platforms near the original nesting sites. 

    Wurst and JCP&L linemen joined forces in July to rescue a young osprey entangled in monofilament. Read more here and watch the video. 

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