Wildlife Rescue

Moving house can be tricky. And when the homes are active osprey nests, pulling up stakes can be extra hazardous.

In June, BC Hydro crews in Salmon Arm performed the delicate and dangerous task of relocating two 40-kilogram nests. These hefty homes, with their characteristic tangle of twigs, were built atop power poles dangerously close to high-voltage lines.

Area residents experienced three power outages as a result of the nests.

Moreover, these perch positions posed imminent safety concerns for both the birds and BC Hydro’s power line technicians. That meant crews needed to move both nests (and two eggs) to new freestanding poles away from harm.