Osprey Management Program

A woman and girl observing an osprey in a nest. The nest has been built on an alternate pole and nesting platform created by FortisBC. (18-150.16)

Ospreys breed near fresh or salt water and build bulky stick nests in trees, on poles, platforms and other structures, including utility poles.

Unfortunately, when ospreys build nests on live power poles, this causes problems for the birds, as well as for our customers and our equipment. Their nest debris falling on power lines can cause power outages, or cause fires that can injure or kill ospreys—as well as endangering people and damaging FortisBC equipment and the surrounding area.

To prevent this from happening, FortisBC has an Osprey Management Program:

  • When an osprey is observed trying to nest on one of our utility poles, one of our crews will place orange cones on top of the pole to discourage it from nesting there.
  • If the osprey does manage to build a nest on a live power pole, the nest is safely removed and we provide an alternate pole with a suitable nesting platform. To date, more than 40 nesting platform poles have been installed throughout the service territory.

Osprey nest camera

We know you love birdwatching as much as we do—that’s why we set up a livestream camera so you can observe an osprey nest on one of our platforms every spring! We’ll post a link here when it’s live this spring.