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BGE Sponsors Patterson Park Audubon Center’s Inaugural Baltimore Birding Weekend

Fifteen Events Taking Place May 19-21in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE (May 19, 2017) –Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) ) encourages the public to take part in the inaugural Baltimore Birding Weekend hosted by Patterson Park Audubon Center. The weekend, sponsored by BGE, features 15 bird watching field trips located throughout Baltimore City from May 19-21. To sign up, visit www.baltimorebirding.com.

"BGE and the Audubon Society are both committed to preserving and enhancing healthy wildlife habitats. We are using innovative environmental management techniques that allow wildlife to thrive at BGE work locations and on our extensive electric and natural gas rights of way," said Alexander Núñez, BGE's senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs and member of the board of Audubon Maryland-DC. "We are proud to sponsor Audubon's Baltimore Birding Weekend to help build appreciation for protecting the diverse wildlife in our region." 

Audubon's Baltimore Birding Weekend will provide guided experiences that connect people to the city's green spaces while highlighting the incredible wildlife diversity that can be discovered in an urban environment. Patterson Park Audubon Center's director, Susie Creamer, said "We are thrilled to host this citywide celebration of migratory birds that rely on Baltimore's green spaces. We welcome people to explore the city from a bird's perspective. Registration is open all weekend!"

Fees collected for Baltimore Birding Weekend will support Audubon's neighborhood greening and family education programs such as Bird Explorers teen birdwatching, wildlife gardening workshops for home gardeners across the area, and Tiny Tots and its Spanish language counterpart, Amigos Pequeñitos.

BGE's sponsorship of this and other community programs is made possible through Exelon shareholder dollars. This year, BGE will contribute nearly $5 million to more than 300 nonprofit organizations that focus on the environment, arts and culture, neighborhood development, education and emergency services. BGE employees, friends and family log more than 20,000 hours each year volunteering with nonprofit organizations across the service area. To learn more about BGE's ongoing charitable activities, visit www.bge.com.

BGE currently maintains fourteen National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitats ® and its Spring Gardens facility is an Audubon Bird Friendly Habitat. In addition, 1,250 miles of the company's transmission rights-of-way are under integrated vegetation management, which returns the land to its natural state and provides excellent habitat for native wildlife. BGE's Osprey Watch program also supports a healthy ecosystem by providing customers with a direct email (ospreywatch@bge.com) to report osprey and nests on electric equipment. To date, more than 30 nests have been reported since the program's launch in 2016.

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BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube  and Flickr.

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