We are proud to be a part of the effort to protect threatened birds of prey. 

Once approaching extinction, peregrine falcons now thrive in special nesting boxes placed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) at our Bay Shore, Eastlake and Lake Shore power plants. 

Our Jersey Central Power & Light subsidiary partners with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to boost the declining American Kestrel population in that state. Nesting boxes have been placed on utility poles in prime kestrel habitats to replace the declining number of natural nesting sites.

Also, our linemen annually assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the ODNR in banding osprey chicks living in nests built near FirstEnergy transmission towers. Our efforts play an important role in protecting these endangered birds of prey.

 

Peregrine Falcons Take Up Residence at the FirstEnergy Facilities

Capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph, the peregrine falcon is the fastest bird in the world. Once classified as an endangered species, these magnificent birds of prey are increasing in population, with three FirstEnergy Lake Erie power plants playing a role in this raptor renaissance. In 2005, the first generation of FirstEnergy falcon chicks was hatched at the Eastlake Plant in Eastlake, Ohio. Plant personnel worked closely with representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to band the fledglings and enter the data into a regional peregrine falcon database. By tracking the band numbers, the mother of the chicks was identified as “Starbright” – born at a power plant in southwest Ohio, while the father was “Jerry,” born under an interstate bridge in Cleveland.

In 2007, FirstEnergy’s feathered family expanded as falcon chicks were hatched at the Bay Shore Plant near Toledo followed by new arrivals at the Lake Shore Plant in Cleveland in 2010. FirstEnergy power plants have evolved into some of the most prolific peregrine falcon breeding locations in the Midwest.