What Should We Do When Oriental Storks Brood on Powerline under Construction? | Bird Migration Lifeline & BCON
2023/7/18 14:07:00 本站

On July 11, 2023, three baby Oriental storks were in the nest, which was on the No.59 transmission tower of the newly-built 220-kV Jiangteng Line in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, waiting for their parents to come back with food. At the same time, on the nearly 60-meter-high tower, four staff were carrying out protective construction cautiously.

At the beginning of June, the staff found a nest on the No.59 transmission tower when they were planning to erect the powerlines for the Jiangteng Line. There were three newly hatched birds in it. “They need at least two months to learn how to fly,” said Luo Peng, who was in charge of Jiangteng Line.

The Oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana) is a national first-class protected wild animal. On the one hand, the staff wanted to protect the oriental storks when brooding; on the other hand, they were faced with a tight construction schedule. Yangzhou Power Supply Company of State Grid reached out to the local forestry station and after careful discussion, they decided to adopt the protective construction scheme.

According to the new scheme, the staff adjusted the construction order of the towers, making tower No.59, where the Oriental storks were nesting, the last to be completed, 20 days later than the original timeframe. By doing so, the baby birds on the tower were allowed to have more time to grow, and the whole project did not have to be delayed.

“The protective construction scheme adopted by the power supply company solved the problem of tight construction schedule under the condition of ensuring the safe brooding of Oriental storks. Applause should go to them,” said Gao Hongya, director of the Forestry Station of Jiangdu Branch of Yangzhou Municipal Natural Resources and Planning Bureau.

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