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.
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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