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Nests on high voltage towers will be safe for Oriental storks

27 april 2016
WWF delivered to the Federal Grid Company a map of the Oriental stork’s nests location that helps the two organizations joint the efforts in the rare bird conservation.

 Normally, the Oriental storks make nests on high trees but due to the lack of such trees in the area they nest on the high voltage transmission lines towers. To avoid risks both for the grid and the birds the Company sets special devices that do not let the birds to even sit on the towers. The Federal Grid Company also erected nesting platforms on the safe parts of the towers in Amurskaya and Evreiskaya Provinces. The submitted maps will be useful to define which lines needs to be equipped with new nesting platforms and anti-sit devices, and to consider these data when building new lines in the Oriental stork habitats. WWF hopes that each tower will be equipped in a proper way and the standards of the Grid Company will be amended to secure the birds nesting. 

Pyotr Osipov, WWF Russia, and Svetlana Smirnova, the Federal Grid Company, with the map of Oriental stork's nests location
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Director of WWF-Russia Amur branch