In Photos: Keeping Birds and the Power Grid Safe from One Another

Dec. 15, 2023
Nesting, hunting, flying, perching, and yes even excreting waste are all natural bird pastimes that, when they occur at the wrong place and the wrong time, can be deadly to the bird and a hazard to the power grid

Our feathery friends and electric power equipment obviously do not mix. Power lines need to be kept safe from birds, and birds also need to be kept safe from power lines. The field of wildlife mitigation is full of solutions to the problem of animals, including birds, impacting power delivery equipment with their activities.

Nesting, hunting, flying, perching, and yes even excreting waste (a “streamer,” I learned this year, is a seemingly widely used industry term for jets of bird poo) are all natural bird pastimes that, when they occur at the wrong place and the wrong time, can be deadly to the bird and a hazard to the power grid as well as the humans who rely on it.

Some solutions attempt to deter birds or deny them access to sensitive and critical equipment. Others purposefully divert birds away from transmission and distribution hardware by giving them a safer place to carry out their bird business — as is the case with many utilities that build nesting platforms for birds.

Here is some photo art from stories T&D World has run this year on how to keep the power grid and birds of all types at a healthy distance from one another.

About the Author

Jeff Postelwait | Senior Editor

Jeff Postelwait is a writer and editor with a background in newspapers and online editing who has been writing about the electric utility industry since 2008. Jeff is senior editor for T&D World magazine and sits on the advisory board of the T&D World Conference and Exhibition. Utility Products, Power Engineering, Powergrid International and Electric Light & Power are some of the other publications in which Jeff's work has been featured. Jeff received his degree in journalism news editing from Oklahoma State University and currently operates out of Oregon.

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