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​​​october 2017
​keeping our feathered friends safe
Arizona’s skies provide a playground for an abundance of bird species, including many raptors. And we help to keep these birds safe through our Avian Protection Program.
 
Raptors such as Harris’s hawks, red-tailed hawks and great horned owls are drawn to power poles, which offer a high place to roost, nest and hunt. But the birds’ large wingspans make them vulnerable to harm by electricity carried on power lines.
 
Our Avian Protection Program takes precautionary measures such as placing rubber bird guards on insulators and wires to protect birds from electric shock. Annually, we retrofit nearly 850 poles a year with these measures.
 
Working to protect Arizona’s birds is part of our commitment to provide our customers with safe, reliable service while caring for the precious environment we all share.​