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An osprey builds a nest on a power pole.

NorthWestern Energy asks public to report osprey building nests on power lines

Date: Apr 30, 2021

TYPE: News

Butte, MT. – April 30, 2021 – Osprey nests can cause power outages and even fires, and their proximity to energized equipment puts the birds at risk of electrocution. NorthWestern Energy has installed hundreds of platforms to maintain service reliability and to provide a safe place for ospreys to raise their offspring.

This is the time of year when osprey begin to build nests and NorthWestern Energy asks member of the public who observe nest building on power poles to report their observations by contacting us or calling 888-467-2669.

When NorthWestern learns of an osprey nest on one of its poles, we implements the Avian Protection Plan, which includes removing the nest if it does not have osprey or osprey eggs in it and in some cases provide an alternative platform for the osprey. We then incorporate industry best practices developed by the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee, which is a collaboration among the Edison Electric Institute, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and member utilities. The primary goal of an APP is to reduce bird injuries and mortalities from power line collisions and electrocutions.

Implementing our APP includes designing avian-friendly power poles, training line crews, providing information on federal regulations protecting migratory birds and increasing public awareness.

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