Ospreys, peregrine falcons, eagles and barn owls can be seen soaring throughout Pennsylvania’s skies, thank to PPL’s efforts to help restore the once-dwindling populations of raptors.
We dedicate resources to enhance habitat for threatened or endangered wildlife and work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other conservationists to monitor their progress.
From peregrine falcons to ospreys and other species, Martins Creek is home to a diverse collection of wildlife and demonstrates that industry and nature can coexist in harmony. We care about being good stewards of the environment, and we’re proud that we can provide a habitat that supports the falcon’s restoration.
The Martins Creek nesting box is attached to an enclosure that encircles the Unit 4 power plant stack and houses continuous emissions monitoring equipment for the power plant.
Peregrine Falcons on PPL Tower in Allentown
In 1995, PPL began releasing young peregrine falcons from the Tower building in downtown Allentown, Pa.
The goal was to have a pair of peregrines return to the area to nest. After 13 years of waiting, the peregrine falcons that have made the Tower building their home base produced their first egg in 2008.
The eagle nest at PPL’s Holtwood Environmental Preserve has been active since 1999. The eagle pair once nested in the transmission tower on the edge of McCall’s Ferry Road. They have since relocated on Piney Island and are under surveillance from the Holtwood power plant.
Since 1999, more than 30 eagles have fledged from the two nests near PPL’s Holtwood Dam.
Peregrine Falcons at PPL Montour
In 1996, PPL placed a nest box for peregrine falcons in the outer wall of the emissions monitoring station encircling one of the Montour power plant’s emission stacks. The monitoring station with the nest box is located about 470 feet above the ground.
Over the next 10 years a peregrine falcon appeared infrequently near the Montour plant in December and January.
In March 2007, workers at the Montour power plant spotted two peregrine falcons on a regular basis and soon they discovered that a female peregrine was sitting on two eggs!
With the installation of pollution control equipment known as scrubbers, the emissions stack at Montour was retired. The plant has kept the elevators on the stacks in operation to be able to maintain the falcon nest for years to come.
In 1997, PPL employees partnered with a local Boy Scout to build nesting sites to attract ospreys back to the area.
The following year, a pair of ospreys took up residence at the nest site by the Wallenpaupack Dam and two chicks were born, marking a successful nesting site. The annual return of the ospreys is noted by local newspaper and attracts the attention of many local observers and photographers.