Press Advisory and Photo
Opportunity: Osprey Nesting Platform to be Set Up Thursday at
Buckhorn Island State Park
August 8, 2007
Caption and Photo
Buckhorn Island State Park will be the setting for
a pole-mounted platform being erected on Thursday morning (Aug. 9)
to provide a nesting place for osprey, one of North America’s
largest birds of prey, as part of a Habitat Improvement Project
committed to by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the
relicensing of its Niagara Power Project.
The 70-foot pole and platform are being installed
near a National Grid tower where an osprey nest was recently
discovered, making it the first such sighting of the raptors on the
upper Niagara River in decades. Material from the nest will be moved
in September to the platform, after the osprey migrate for the
winter, helping to guard against potential power disruptions if the
osprey return to the park preserve next year.
There will be photo opportunities of the nesting
platform being raised. (The structure is similar to platforms
installed by NYPA within the boundaries of its St. Lawrence Franklin
D. Roosevelt Project in Northern New York, pictured in the attached
photo.) Officials of the Power Authority, National Grid, New York
State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and New
York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be
available to answer questions at Wednesday’s pole installation.
DATE: Thursday, August 9
TIME: 10 a.m.
PLACE: Buckhorn Island State Park
DIRECTIONS: Access to the site is available only
from the southbound lanes of Interstate 190, after crossing
the North Grand Island Bridge from Niagara Falls, just beyond the
north toll barrier. A double-wide gate is on the right, immediately
past the toll booths. After pulling through the gate, members of
the news media will be escorted to the osprey pole location. Pls.
note there is no access from the northbound lanes of 190.
Michael Saltzman, NYPA
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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