Duke Energy donates nearly $39,000 to environmental programs in Oklahoma

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $39,000 in grants through its Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Fund to support wildlife rescue efforts in Kay and Payne counties, Oklahoma.

“These grants provide support to organizations that educate our communities and provide valuable services to care for and protect local wildlife,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We are proud to support these incredible organizations, which complement our own ongoing efforts to prioritize habitat protection where our renewable energy projects are located.

Grants include $26,100 recently awarded to Nature’s Vein Wildlife Rescue in Payne County, which provides services to rescued injured or orphaned wildlife, as well as community education programs. This is the second year in a row that the Duke Energy Foundation, through the Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Fund, has contributed to this valuable community resource.

“Oklahoma is home to a wide variety of birds and animals, many in need of professional care and rehabilitation after unfortunate encounters with humans. From the day we started Nature’s Vein Wildlife Rescue, our mission has been to create a nature education and rehabilitation center to care for native wildlife, while providing the community with a resource to learn about and interact with native wildlife,” said Jessica Torres, Director and Founder of Nature’s Vein.”The Duke Energy Foundation’s continued support contributes to our long-term goals, while serving as a lifeline for the wildlife we ​​support.”

The Duke Energy Foundation also continued its support for the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center) in Kay County with a Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions grant of US$12,500. The funds support eagle research and education, including the Center’s Eagle Camera Project, the nation’s oldest nesting camera.

“The Sutton Center has been instrumental in the recovery by hatching, raising and releasing bald eagles. We are now grateful to Duke Energy for supporting our nest cameras as well as our eagle nest monitoring program by citizen scientists from the Bald Eagle Survey team. Audiences can see live eagles raising their young on their own, a testament to what we can accomplish by caring and working together,” said Lena Larsson, Ph.D., executive director of the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center. .

Kay County is home to Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions’ Frontier and Frontier II wind power projects, which provide a total of 550 MW of renewable energy to the region.

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