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Osprey Watch: Help BGE protect birds, further ensure electric reliability for customers

Program identifies and safely removes osprey nests found on electric equipment

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BALTIMORE (March 2, 2020) – Maryland will soon welcome back ospreys returning to settle in breeding areas around the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, one favorite osprey nesting spot—the top of utility poles—poses a danger to birds while raising the risk of disruptions to electric service.

Now in its fifth year, BGE's Osprey Watch program protects the raptors and further ensures electric reliability through crowd-sourcing the location of nests built on electric equipment. Customers have reported 100 osprey nests since the program's inception in 2016. Once a nest is reported, trained BGE personnel then take measures that keep the birds and their young safe and curtail the potential for ospreys and their nests to cause electric outages. 

Here's how the program works: anyone who sees an osprey nest on BGE equipment may report it by emailing the following information to ospreywatch@bge.com:

  • The pole number, located on a placard near eye level on the pole (**Only if the pole is easily accessible**)
  • The nearest address to the pole, and photos of the pole taken from different perspectives (**If the pole is not easily accessible**)

Alternatively, osprey nest location information may be shared over the phone with BGE's customer service team at 1-800-685-0123.

When BGE receives a report of a nest, crews follow all federal and local wildlife regulations while assessing whether the nest is inhabited. The nest is removed if no birds or eggs are present and a deterrent is placed on the top of the pole to dissuade the birds from building another nest; in some cases, BGE installs a new, safe platform specifically for the ospreys to build their nests nearby. If the nest is inhabited, crews install rubber insulation on wires and other equipment to shield the birds and protect the equipment.

More information about BGE's other environmental work is available at bge.com.

 

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BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017, 2018, and 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM  BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In the J.D. Power 2018 and 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service among utilities in the East Region. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Connect with BGE on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and engage with the latest BGE stories on bgenow.com

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Region of the 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Large Segment of the 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of gas and electric utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.


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