Constellation

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station

Oswego, New York, United States

Certified Gold through 2023

Project Name
Project Type
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)
Avian
Sialia sialis (Bluebird)
Avian
Nine Mile Point Safety Fair Participation
Awareness & Community Engagement
Speaking Engagements
Awareness & Community Engagement
Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring
Avian
About the Program
The Exelon Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station program engages in species conservation and educational events. Located in New York on the Lake Ontario shoreline, Nine Mile Point is within the Atlantic Flyway used by federally protected migratory birds.  Bald eagles and wood ducks frequent the property. Nine Mile Point’s commitment to protecting native species is evident by limiting access to areas of the site where wildlife is nesting to minimize disturbance. A variety of turtle species have been observed in and around the wetlands, including the bog turtle and spotted turtle, prompting Nine Mile Point's Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) to begin developing a project to monitor their numbers.

Practices and Impacts
  • The ESC installed five wood duck nest boxes in 2015 through a community partnership with a local Eagle Scout troop. Wood duck have been observed within the wetlands at Nine Mile Point and wood duck nesting depends upon available nest cavities, including nest boxes. As the site is located within the Atlantic Flyway, avian species conservation impacts both local bird populations and species passing through during migration.
  • Bluebird nest boxes were also installed, in 2017, through a community partnership with a local Eagle Scout troop. The project is managed to minimize disturbance during breeding and bird fatalities through window strikes. Additionally, local Girl Scouts provided assistance with nest box maintenance.
  • A nesting pair of bald eagles has annually utilized the transmission lines at Nine Mile Point for raising their young. The ESC limits disturbance caused by vehicles or foot traffic in the nesting area to provide optimal habitat for bald eagles to raise their young. Monitoring the nest and reporting the information to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation supplements data related to the agency’s Bald Eagle Conservation Plan.
  • The annual Safety Fair engages employees and their families with a goal of educating attendees on conservation topics relevant to the site and other projects. Each year a different theme is chosen. The Protecting our Pollinator event focused on teaching attendees how to minimize disturbance of pollinator species both at work and home.
  • The  ESC participates in the annual Conservation Field Day event held by the Oswego County Soil and Water District. Each year local fifth-grade classes are invited to participate. Nine Mile uses this opportunity to engage students in discussions about local wildlife species and how the ESC supports and protects bald eagle nesting.
  • A new education project strives to increase stewardship among employees and local high school students. Speakers include professors from nearby universities and Nine Mile Point employees. A topic of relevance, such as pollinator species, is presented along with examples of the team’s commitment to stewardship through on-site species and habitat conservation projects.

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