Managing Reliability and Wildlife

We are committed to providing safe and reliable power delivery to our customers. At the same time, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment, and we take the presence of wildlife and nesting birds seriously. We train all of our field workers on state and federal laws protecting wildlife.

We estimate there are several hundred nests on poles and other equipment throughout our 11,000-square-mile service area. If the nests don’t pose a risk to power reliability or wildlife, they are left alone. When they threaten safety and reliability, we have a permit to remove or relocate osprey nests. Like virtually all bird species, osprey are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act, so we work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to comply with these laws.

Our crews often install plastic piping and other deterrents on pole tops to keep the birds from nesting. In some cases, crews will build nesting platforms upon which birds can build their new home.

Our top priority is to provide safe and reliable power delivery to you. Moving osprey nests keeps the birds safe, and reduces the risk to our system.