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Bird Protection

Our Bird Story

Southern Idaho and eastern Oregon are home to many birds of prey, or raptors (e.g., hawks, eagles, falcons and owls). This region also is home to Idaho Power customers who count on us to safely and reliably deliver power.

Our service area includes habitat vital to birds of prey. For example, southwestern Idaho’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area protects raptor habitat.

Raptors often use power poles to perch and nest. This can pose a risk of electrocution to the birds. It can also increase the risk of power outages. We work hard to protect the birds and reduce outages.

Messy nests can also pose risks to birds and the power system. Nests often need to be moved to nesting platforms.

Nest on pole being moved to safer location.

Protecting Birds of Prey

In 1972, we partnered with Morlan “Morley” Nelson, a well-known birds of prey expert, to study eagles and powerline electrocutions. Much of this work was detailed in the 1980 film Silver Wires, Golden Wings.

Today, we work with the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC). APLIC is a group of utilities and agencies who work to reduce powerline threats to wildlife. We also work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies to manage our power poles and lines to protect birds of prey.

Our Avian Protection Plan

Our Avian Protection Plan guides our efforts to protect raptors and other large birds while boosting power reliability.

The plan includes:

  • Raptor-safe guidelines for all new electrical construction
  • Effective ways to change current poles and lines to make them safe for birds
  • Employee training to ensure plan compliance

You can learn more in the booklet, Our Bird Story (pdf).

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Silver Wires Golden Wings

Silver Wires Golden Wings

This short film showcases the cooperative effort by the utility industry and environmental groups to protect birds of prey from potential electrocutions while improving ability to provide reliable electricity.


Raptor Protection

Raptor Protection

Join us for a trip to the World Center for Birds of Prey, in the hills overlooking Boise, Idaho.


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