October 23, 2008
Bald Eagle Nesting Platform Installed at Karn/Weadock Generating Complex
ESSEXVILLE, Mich., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy, Utility Workers Union of America Local 144, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erected a bald eagle nesting platform today at the utility's Karn/Weadock Generating Complex in a joint effort to protect and enhance bald eagle habitat in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.
Dave Best, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in East Lansing, climbed a utility pole placed at the north end of the 2,400-acre Karn/Weadock site. The pole has a bald eagle nesting platform built by Best attached to the top. He placed several 3-4 foot sticks on the platform to start the nest itself and make the platform attractive to eagles.
Local Audubon Society volunteers have spotted bald eagles wintering on the Karn/Weadock site in recent years. It is hoped that the platform will encourage them to nest at the site by next spring.
The Karn/Weadock Generating Complex is located on the eastern side of the mouth of the Saginaw River. The nesting platform site is known locally as Windy Point.
Bald eagles have made an amazing recovery throughout the United States, including in the 22-county Saginaw Bay Watershed. At least 26 active bald eagle nests are known to exist in the watershed, an 8,700-square mile area that extends from Iosco and Ogemaw counties in the north, west to Mecosta County, south to Livingston and Oakland counties and east to Sanilac County. On June 28, 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in the United States.
"The bald eagle has made a remarkable recovery. I am proud that we are enhancing its habitat within the Saginaw Bay Watershed. This new platform will provide a hospitable location for bald eagles to nest near the river mouth, close to an abundant source of the fish that they feed upon," said state Rep. Jeff Mayes, D-Bay City.
The Karn/Weadock Generating Complex is Consumers Energy's largest power production complex and consists of three separate plants: the 310-megawatt coal-fueled Weadock plant; the 511-megawatt coal-fueled Karn 1&2 plant; and the 1276-megawatt natural gas- and oil-fueled Karn 3&4 plant. Together, Karn/Weadock and associated combustion turbines can generate up to 2,097 megawatts, enough to meet the electric needs of Bay City, Saginaw, Midland and Flint combined.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy , provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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CONTACT: Kelly Farr, Karn/Weadock Generating Complex, +1-989-891-3451;or Dave Best of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, +1-517-351-6263; or Joe Soehnelof Audubon Society, +1-989-895-2169
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