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Holy Cross makes amends for eagle death

Three cheers for Holy Cross Energy for reacting as quickly as possible to the unfortunate death of a bald eagle that tangled with a Holy Cross power line two months ago.

After ordering parts, the utility rewired a Roaring Fork River crossing last week to be raptor-friendly.

Power poles on each side of the river were replaced with taller poles, allowing linemen to respace the wires five feet apart. That will prevent even large birds, like bald or golden eagles, from touching two wires at a time.

Passersby on County Road 154, near the Westbank Bridge, may also see the bright yellow flight diverters on the wires. They’re designed to get birds’ attention and repel them from landing on or flying into the power lines.

The bald eagle is our national symbol, a magnificent bird that visits our valley in the winter months. It’s also an endangered species making a dramatic comeback. We should do everything we can to ensure safe and productive winter habitat for these birds.

Holy Cross’ preventive action will also benefit two popular summer visitors: golden eagles and great blue herons.

The utility spent about $20,000 improving the power line crossing this week, part of a 10-year, $1 million effort to make its entire electrical grid safe for birds.

Holy Cross should be applauded for the effort.

– Heather McGregor, Managing Editor


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