"We commend FPL for preserving and expanding nesting sites for the rare Southeastern American Kestrels at Manatee County's Duette Preserve," said Marianne Korosy, Audubon Florida Important Bird area coordinator. "Eighty percent of this subspecies has disappeared from the U.S. over the past 70 years. Decline is related to loss of habitat and widespread removal of nesting trees. FPL has set a bird-friendly precedent with this timely effort."
FPL has been committed to the protection of endangered and migratory birds for nearly three decades. The company's 2007 Avian Protection Plan provides employees with an overview for protecting birds that is consistent with industry and federal guidelines.
"This project demonstrates how we are making upgrades to our infrastructure that will speed up service restoration and improve everyday reliability, while helping provide customers with the lowest electric bill in the state," said FPL Environmental Project Manager Jackie Kingston. "We make these improvements for our customers while protecting and preserving the environment in which we work."
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