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Raptor Education & Protection

We have ongoing programs in raptor protection, which include public education and outreach, retrofitting our poles to support nesting raptors and adopting management practices that protect birds and other wildlife.

These ongoing programs work to reduce harm to raptors, including hawks, ospreys and bald eagles, by minimizing nesting on transmission and distribution line structures, providing nesting platforms, taking remedial action in the event of bird injury, and training employees in raptor identification and protection.

As part of our Clark Fork Project License, we monitor and protect bald eagle nest sites, to ensure there are no project-related human activities that could harm eagles. We also prepared and will implement a bald eagle management plan to protect bald eagles related to the Spokane River Project. We submitted that plan to FERC on May 7, 2010.

This plan includes:

  • Annual monitoring of known bald eagle nests;
  • Surveys to identify new bald eagle nests;
  • Annual monitoring of bald eagle nesting territories, primary use areas, home ranges, and key use sites;
  • Annual reporting; and Consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Osprey Cam allows customers to view pair as they raise family

Thanks to a partnership between Avista, the City of Sandpoint, Keokee Publishing and Northland Communications, a pair of osprey in Sandpoint has a new home – and even better, the community can watch while the pair finishes their nest and settles in.

The new webcam at Sandpoint’s Memorial Field came online in April 2012, and has picked up quite a bit of activity since then. View the Osprey Cam.

In 2011, the City of Sandpoint replaced the Memorial Field’s old light poles with new ones. Two of the old light poles had osprey nests built right atop the lights themselves. When they removed the poles, the city, with Avista’s help, built new nesting platforms in the park. The idea of the web cam was born shortly thereafter, with a goal of educating the public about the raptors.

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