Creating raptor benefits from powerline problems

Journal of Raptor Research
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Powerlines benefit raptors by providing enhanced nesting and roosting sites. However, they also can kill raptors by electrocution and raptors can interfere with power transmission. The electrocution problem has been reduced by correcting existing lethal lines and implementing electrocution safe designs for new lines. Remedial actions include pole modifications, perch management and insulation of wires and hardware. New line designs provide for proper insulation and adequate spacing of conductors and grounded hardware. Nesting platforms can reduce power transmission problems and enhance the benefits of nesting on powerlines. A combination of perch deterrents and insulator shields is a positive, cost-effective approach to managing bird contamination that allows birds to continue roosting on the towers.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Creating raptor benefits from powerline problems
Series title Journal of Raptor Research
Volume 33
Issue 1
Year Published 1999
Language English
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description p. 39-42
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Raptor Research
First page 39
Last page 42