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Our wildlife protection program is designed to minimize the danger of active power lines to raptors and other animals. It’s part of our commitment to providing safe, reliable electric service while maintaining a healthy environment.
 
ideal wildlife habitats
Arizona’s varied climates provide ideal habitats for many animal and bird species including raptors. Raptors are drawn to power poles which offer a high place to roost, nest and hunt. But their large wing spans make them vulnerable to harm by electricity carried on power lines. Harris’ Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls are the most common raptors affected in our service territory. ​
​high-rise areas
  • poles/substations in raptor habitat
  • poles on highest ground
  • poles/substations where few roosting opportunities are available
  • areas near good feeding grounds (landfills, water, farmland, etc.)
modified equipment

To protect wildlife, we modify our equipment in specific service areas:

  • installing customized perches to accommodate Harris’ Hawks, which perch and hunt in groups
  • installing “bird guard” covers on electrical equipment located on poles in high raptor-use areas
  • using covered wire on new pole-mounted electrical equipment
  • using avian-safe techniques to modify existing structures and construct new facilities when needed

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partnership programs

From nest management to condor relocation, we’re committed to avian protection programs that keep birds safe, not only around our power lines but in the larger environment.

avian protection program

In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we developed an avian protection plan. We implemented new avian-safe construction design standards that require installing avian-safe devices and coverings to minimize potential hazards for raptors and other birds. All new construction is installed in accordance with our avian-protection standards.

nest management program

Our comprehensive nest-management program protects birds that build their nests on electrical equipment. We developed a nest platform that can be installed in a safe place on the pole when the nest creates a hazard for birds and electrical equipment.  The nest is relocated to this platform and the chicks are placed back in after installation.

avian power line interaction committee

We’re a member of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) and have worked closely with this group to revise two industry manuals: “Suggested Practices for Avian Protection on Power Lines” and “Mitigating Bird Collisions with Power Lines”.

condor reintroduction program

As part of the California Condor Reintroduction Program, we donated and installed a 1.5-ton array of nine solar panels — enough to supply 30 amps of power to the facility’s holding pen and to a field lab on top of the Vermilion Cliffs at the Grand Canyon. This will supply electricity directly to the field lab, making it possible for staff to use video cameras for remote observation, and keeping the water supply thawed during the winter.

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community partnerships
We collaborate with various environmental and conservation organizations and agencies on education and awareness programs, habitat enhancement projects, biological assessments, and species conservation plans. ​
Organizations and agencies include: Liberty Wildlife, Wild at Heart, National Wild Turkey Federation, Southwest Bald Eagle Association, United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Game and Fish Department.
 
We:
  • actively seek public input about the location of raptor habitats and problem poles
  • work closely with wildlife rehabilitation centers to assess and address issues
  • assist in planning and conducting workshops supported by the Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • support and participate in video production projects to increase awareness of  protecting wildlife around electrical equipment
  • assist wildlife rehabilitation organizations with financial and volunteer contributions
  • present a variety of educational programs for wildlife rehabilitators, school groups and other electric utilities

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report concerns

​Notify us if you see a raptor or other animal regularly using a power pole or substation in your neighborhood. A trained field technician will decide what protective action to take.

Phoenix area     602-371-7171
other areas of Arizona   800-253-9405

report injured wildlife

To report injured birds, call Liberty Wildlife

emergencies:  480-998-5550
non-emergencies:  480-998-0230

Avoid contact with injured wildlife. Raptors’ sharp talons and beaks can cause serious harm.