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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   A group of PPL electric workers volunteered their time to construct an osprey platform in Loyalsock Township.

Our Morgan Parrish tells us it’s a great example of community teamwork and coming together.

The Western Osprey, also known as a Sea Hawk is a large raptor with wingspans of five to six feet.

They are found on every continent except Antarctica and most recently, for the first time here in Northcentral Pennsylvania.

“They’ve really come back in their numbers of population in the last 10 years. They’re really majestic creatures and we’re happy to be able to provide them with a habitat” Explained Tracie Witter, PPL Spokesperson.

Which is why after hours of drilling, and lifting an Osprey platform went up on Wednesday afternoon.

It’s a way to encourage the birds to nest on them, instead of PPL Electric’s Utility poles and transmission lines.

 “It could cause an outage and unfortunately it’s dangerous for the osprey as well,” Said Witter.

There are currently six other platforms throughout the utility’s 29 county service area. But this is the first one in this region.

It’s placed along Loyalsock Creek since the Osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey.

This land also happens to be owned by Lycoming College.

 “It just adds something unique to the area. Everyone likes to see birds of prey whether it be a bald eagle an osprey and it’s just exciting r to see these birds coming back and reproducing and flourishing,” Noted Mel Zimmerman, Lycoming County Professor Emeritus.

Mel Zimmerman is a biology professor at Lycoming College.

He tells Eyewitness News not only will this benefit the environment, but it will also be great for the students.

 “Timely in that we’re going to be doing a course this may and we’re putting a bunch of different nest boxes for birds in the area and maybe this will be occupied by may because the birds will start coming through,” Said Zimmerman.

It’s a win-win for the birds, the environment and those in the community who want reliable electricity in their homes and businesses.

“My best outcome for this is we get more up. Hopefully, more to come. We’re seeing more ospreys around so we just want to give them a safe haven to nest,” Said Eric Beaver, Senior Environmental Professional/PPL.


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