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Opsrey Nest Program

Because of their high 360 vantage points, electric utility structures are often used by some bird species as a base on which to build their nests. Nests can be located along any of our 12,000 km of distribution and transmission poles, as well as within our substations. Unfortunately, these locations can pose a threat to the birds and impact safety and reliability for our employees and customers.

To help minimize risks associated with these nests on or near electrical equipment, we have a Nest Management Program. The actions to manage the issues could include trimming nest material, removing nests, placing traffic cones on structures or relocating nests to platforms installed on or near utility structures. Relocating nests to specialized platforms can provide nesting sites for protected species, while minimizing risks of electrocution, equipment damage, power outages and even fire if debris falls onto energized power lines.

A species of bird that often makes utility structures their nesting home is the osprey. There has been a great deal of public interest in the osprey, so Newfoundland Power decided to install a live camera feed of the nest atop a platform installed just outside the Virginia Waters Substation on Snow’s Lane in St. John’s. The Osprey NestCam lets you get up close and personal with the female osprey, Shanawdithit, her partner, Beaumont and their young.