Everyone appreciates the modern conveniences that electricity brings to our homes, from utilities and communications to entertainment. But we don’t always think about the problems that the equipment that supplies this power can cause for our feathered friends.
Birds can run afoul of power lines by actually flying into them, or by electrocution. Natalie explains that birds can die if they simultaneously touch two energized wires, or one live wire and a ground. Birds can perch safely as long as they don’t make these two points of contact.
You will be able to find all of these on power lines and poles at Silver Creek Preserve.
All birds and birders are grateful to Idaho Power for their work in mitigating possible conflicts between human needs and avian ones.