Avian Protection Plan
A variety of birds use utility structures without consequence, however, large birds such as owls, hawks, and eagles are at greater risk of electrocution on utility structures. Electrocuted birds may interrupt electric service, start fires, and cause significant equipment damage. In addition, most birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, making it illegal to “take” these protected species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has encouraged individual electric utilities to develop Avian Protection Plans (APP) to monitor electrocutions and collisions and manage them to prevent future incidence.
Douglas Electric had developed an APP and is committed to working towards the protection of migratory birds. This includes the commitment by the Cooperative to balance its goal of providing reliable electric service in a cost effective manner with the regulatory requirements protecting avian species, as well as the need to obtain and comply with all necessary permits, monitor incidents of avian mortality, and make reasonable efforts to construct and alter infrastructure to reduce the incidence of avian mortality.