Centerport, NY –Legislator William R. Spencer M.D. joined Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Dan Wickstrom, of PSEG Long Island and the Chair of the Committee to Protect Centerport's Bald Eagles, Bruce Adams, to recognize the great community effort that took place to protect the eagle family.
The bald eagles have become true celebrities in Centerport; The Commodore and Mrs. Vanderbilt, as they are affectionately referred to, have recently added 2 eaglets to their family and have garnered more than 7,000 followers on Facebook!
With so many eyes on this growing family, Legislator Spencer’s office was contacted by several of the birdwatchers who expressed concern for the eaglets that had been spotted landing on electrical wires, posing a great hazard to them. In response, Legislator Spencer’s office reached out to PSE&G Long Island who immediately took action and made the electric pole avian safe.
“PSEG Long Island prides itself on being a good steward of the environment,” said Patrick Hession, electric division manager, PSEG Long Island. “We were excited to hear that these majestic birds were raising their young here on Long Island, and we are proud to help ensure the next generation of our national bird thrives by installing protective equipment.”
“I was happy to play a role in the community effort to protect the eaglets that thousands of residents have come to treasure. I thank PSEG Long Island for their timely response to our requests, and thank you to the respectful followers of the birds. I also want to thank the Chalet Inn, the local business who has hosted the many birdwatchers who have been observers since the eagles began building their nest late last year.
"Mill Pond is one of the prettiest areas in Huntington, this is a popular birdwatching site," said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. "The Town is grateful to PSEG for the work they have done to protect the bald eagles – our new local celebrities – in the trees and waters off of Centerport."
It is truly exciting to see an American symbol, the eagles, thriving as we celebrate our nation’s independence!