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Three Mile Island Hits the Trifecta!

Three Mile Island attracts rare birds


LONDONDERRY TWP.  Pa. (June 18, 2010) - Three Mile Island Generating Station (TMI) and the 382 acre island it sits on is fast becoming a haven for endangered and rare birds.  This spring, a pair of bald eagles built a nest on TMI and they now join an existing pair of peregrine falcons and osprey at the nuclear station site. 

"This is very unusual, I am not aware of any other location in the state where these three species are cohabitating so close to each other," said Jason DeCoskey, Chief, Special Permit Enforcement Division, Pa. Game Commission.  "TMI's ability to attract and support all three species is a tribute to the abundance of unique food sources and the overall environmental friendliness that exists there." 

Not only does Three Mile Island have all three species but it has one of the most unique nesting sites for peregrine falcons in the state - the side of the TMI reactor building.  Once again this spring, the falcons have given birth to two new fledglings.  DeCoskey was able to band one of the fledglings last week.  The peregrine falcon is widely known as the world's fastest flying bird.

"We collaborate with the folks at Three Mile Island to protect the well being of the birds," said DeCoskey.  "They do a wonderful job supporting and enriching the site to support the birds."

"All of us at Three Mile Island are excited to share the island with the eagles, falcons and osprey," said Bill Noll, Three Mile Island Site Vice President.  "Our employees have formed an environmental committee that has conducted island clean up days, erected wood duck boxes and performed other activities to enhance the environment."

While the falcons nest on the reactor building, the ospreys have built a nest high atop Three Mile Island's meteorological tower.  The tower offers them a great view of the Susquehanna River, where they fish.  The eagles have nested in a tree on the south end of TMI.  Eagles are fishers and scavengers. 

In addition to the birds, Three Mile Island is home to deer, fox, blue heron, geese, wood ducks and many more species.