Celebrating Audubon Day with a free online educational program
Happy 235th birthday to the American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon, whose book The Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.
While Mr. Audubon had to rely on pen and paper for bird education, we have a fun online education activity for your family while you stay #SaferAtHome. Learn about osprey and great blue heron nesting habits with an Into the Outdoors program about avian conservation ATC helped with. The program includes resources for teachers, parents and students. Click here to check it out.
Nesting platforms are critical to our Avian Protection Program
Wisconsin has always been an important area for many migratory bird species. Unfortunately, some birds may find our transmission structures attractive places to perch and nest, but doing so can pose risks to the safety of the birds and compromise the reliability of the electric transmission system. We identify migratory paths and areas of heavy avian use so we can consider steps to better protect birds and minimize potential impacts on our transmission equipment.
Some of the ways we do this include:
- Installing 200+ nesting platforms on or adjacent to our transmission structures or on poles nearby to enable eagles, herons and osprey to nest safely
- Installing flight diverters to increase visibility of our wires and help prevent bird collisions
- Replacing, reframing or retrofitting problematic transmission structures
Watch this video to learn more about our Avian Protection Program and how it supports our environmental commitment and the reliability of our electric transmission system.