Atlantic City Electric recently held an Avian Protection Educational Event in Strathmere, N.J., to promote a better understanding of how Atlantic City Electric helps protect birds and other animals while also helping improve electric service reliability for customers. Pictured left to right are Ben Wurst, wildlife biologist, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey; Ed Kaminski, senior supervising engineer, Atlantic City Electric; Cristina Frank, lead environmental scientist, Atlantic City Electric; and Mike Garrity, senior supervising scientist, Atlantic City Electric.
Right photo: Atlantic City Electric linemen Joe Mastalski IV (left) and Gary Farrow Jr. install a nesting diverter on a utility pole in Strathmere, N.J., as part of Atlantic City Electric’s Avian Protection Educational Event.
The eastern tiger salamander is New Jersey’s rarest amphibian. Rising sea levels, development pressures and climate change are threatening to make the creature extinct in the state, but we are helping this species recover as part of our environmental sustainability strategy.
We are currently working with several organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, to build a vernal pool along a portion of our transmission right-of-way in Cape May County.
Vernal pools hold water in the winter and spring, but dry out in the summer. Since fish cannot live in vernal pools, salamander eggs are not in danger of being eaten. These are perfect breeding conditions for the tiger salamander and hopefully will aid its recovery over time.