Idaho Power Linemen Rescue Distressed Osprey

Protecting birds of prey has long been a mission at Idaho Power. Over Labor Day weekend, two employees put that mission into action at Swan Falls Dam.

Chad Owens and Jeremy Torkelson were on call when a customer reported a young osprey stuck in its nest. Within an hour, Owens and Torkelson were on the scene with a bucket truck. They could see the bird’s talons were caught in baling twine. After gearing up with protective gloves and sleeves, the linemen ascended to the rescue.

“We wrapped the bird up in a t-shirt and Chad was able to cut its leg free,” Torkelson said. “With Chad’s help, I was able to remove the other [talon from the twine]. Then we set him in the nest, and away he went.”

Linemen don’t often get a chance to save a distressed bird. But Owens and Torkelson were happy to rescue an animal in need.

“It felt good to see the bird fly away,” Owens said. “It was good to see a successful outcome.”

Watch an eNews video on the rescue. Photos, interviews and B-roll footage are available upon request.

Jordan Rodriguez
Communication Specialist