American Transmission Co.

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Nesting platforms help keep birds safe

Wisconsin has always been an important area for many bird species, many of whom will soon return here to breed, build nests and raise their young.

Although some birds may find our transmission structures attractive places to perch and nest, 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 to that 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.