Urban-dwelling raptors like high places, and often that means they perch and nest atop utility poles.
That choice puts them in danger of electrocution and other hazards, so Tucson Electric Power Co. has its linemen trained in how to help the birds adapt to their surroundings.
It means carefully moving nests, providing alternative perching and nesting spots and watching out for new arrivals, whose youthfulness and clumsiness sometimes get them into trouble.
"This is something they don't teach us in linemen school," said Scot Tutalo, TEP line crew leader, as he and his men began the task of relocating one nesting spot. "We just adapt and do what we can and hope it all works out."
TEP officials said that in doing the rescue and mitigation work for birds, crew safety is paramount.