On December 20, 2012, APLIC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released their updated state-of-the-art guidance document Reducing Avian Collisions with Power Lines: State of the Art in 2012. This best-practices document, originally published in 1994, offers electric utilities and cooperatives, federal power administrations, wildlife agencies, and other stakeholders with specific guidance for reducing bird collisions with power lines based on the most current published science and technical information.
To view the press release, Click here
To visit the USFWS website, visit http://www.fws.gov
To download a sample of the 2012 collision manual, see Reducing_Avian_Collisions_2012watermarkLR.pdf (Note: large file size, make take several minutes to download)
To order the 2012 collision manual, click here
An Avian Protection Plan, or APP, is a voluntary, utility-specific program to reduce the operational and avian risks that result from avian interactions with electric utility facilities. Although each utility’s APP will be different, the overall goal of reducing avian mortality is the same. APPs are “living documents” that are continually evaluated and refined over time. APP Guidelines were jointly released by APLIC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2005. These Guidelines offer resources for developing an APP.
APLIC hosts short courses on avian/power line interactions twice annually throughout the U.S. Short courses include presentations regarding: regulations and permits; electrical systems; causes and prevention of bird electrocutions and collisions; nest management and protection; and Avian Protection Plans.