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Eagle Viewing Day Planned at Duke Energy's Cayuga Station Jan. 6, 2009

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Duke Energy will hold its 14th annual bald eagle viewing days Jan. 24 and 25 at its Cayuga electric power plant, along the Wabash River just north of Terre Haute, Ind.

The event is open to the public free of charge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Reservations are not necessary.

In addition to the eagles, tours of Duke Energy's Cayuga power plant will be available. The American Eagle Foundation will also be on hand to present its "Eagle and Birds of Prey Program" at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The presentation will include captive live eagles.

"Habitat improvement projects along the Wabash River are helping bald eagles and other wildlife species," said Tim Hayes, senior scientist with Duke Energy. "We commend those conservation organizations and citizen groups which are working to restore the health and beauty of the Wabash River. We try to lend our support to those groups when we can."

During most years, the area near Cayuga Station hosts the state's largest population of mid-winter migratory bald eagles.  The colder the weather, the more likely the birds are to show. When area lakes and streams freeze over in the winter, warm water discharged from the Cayuga power plant keeps the river area by the plant ice free, which attracts fish that the eagles feed on. Eagle viewers should dress warmly and may want to bring binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes. In the event of bad weather, no backup days are planned. 

Duke Energy monitors and works in collaboration with groups such as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help manage endangered species found on or near its properties statewide. More information on Duke Energy's environmental programs can be found on its Web site at:

Any questions on the program should be directed to 1-800-832-3143. Cayuga Station is located approximately 35 miles north of Terre Haute, Ind., on State Road 63. The station can be reached by taking I-74 to State Road 63 and then traveling south about 15 miles, or by taking U.S. 36 to State Road 63 and then going north approximately 15 miles.

Duke Energy's Indiana operations provide approximately 7,300 net megawatts of electricity to approximately 775,000 electric customers, making it the state's largest electric supplier.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers and natural gas service to approximately 520,000 customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 net megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 net megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

Contact: Angeline Protogere
Phone: 317-838-1338
24-Hour Phone: 800-559-3853 (DUKE)

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