NJA Corporate Stewardship Council Member JCP&L Helps State Threatened American Kestrels

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L)  partnered with New Jersey Audubon and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to help the State threatened American Kestrel . This successful collaboration has resulted in the birth of two kestrel hatchlings at the South Branch Wildlife Management Area in 2013.2-13153_1JG2269

“JCP&L is proud to lend our support on this important effort,” said Jim Fakult, JCP&L president. “By returning habitat to wildlife, we are working together to improve ecosystems in the state of New Jersey. Our ongoing participation on New Jersey Audubon’s Corporate Stewardship Council illustrates JCP&L’s continuing interest in having an active role in protecting the environment in the communities we serve.”

JCP&L teamed with New Jersey Audubon and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife2013153_1JG2083 to band the kestrel chicks for future study of migratory patterns at the South Branch Wildlife Management Area.  Created in 2006, the 422-acre site has been identified as a critical area for protecting nesting populations of threatened and endangered grassland birds. JCP&L helped restore the area by removing and recycling old electric wire, transformers and utility poles left by a former owner, and recently worked with New Jersey Audubon and New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to install the nest boxes where the kestrel chicks were born.

“New Jersey Audubon congratulates JCP&L for the habitat enhancement work they performed as part of the Corporate Stewardship Council,” said John Parke, Stewardship Project Director—North Jersey for New Jersey Audubon. “The birth of these kestrel chicks is a shining example of how effective collaboration leads to successful conservation efforts.”

2013153_1JG2226Kestrels perform an important ecosystem function by helping to manage a wide variety of pests, including mice and insects. Unlike other predatory birds, kestrels nest in holes they find in tree trunks, but they do respond well to nest boxes. They have been placed on New Jersey’s threatened species list due to a lack of suitable habitat and the scarcity of nesting sites. For more information about kestrels and how to build a kestrel nest box please see http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2013/07/warren_county_wildlife_the_ame.html