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Idaho Power relocates osprey nest from State Street (with video)

A pair of ospreys found their old home in a new place last week when an Idaho Power crew moved it several blocks from a busy area of State Street in Boise to reduce potential conflicts with people and power.

The osprey nest was on an Idaho Power nesting platform along State in West Boise. Those nests can be messy, which led to some sticks getting into the electrical equipment. Customers had reached out to Idaho Power in search of a solution, the company said.

The nest was moved from the corner of State and Ulmer. A platform was placed several poles to the south, closer to the Boise River. Idaho Power prepped the site by installing protective equipment over the power lines, transformer and other equipment on the pole.

The ospreys were on the new nesting site by the next day, according to Idaho Power.

“I’ve gotten a lot of calls from customers who love to watch these birds. They love to see it right in their neighborhood, so when this nest was moved people were really concerned that we had taken away that opportunity to nest,” Idaho Power biologist Natalie Turley said.

Idaho Power frequently relocates birds in an attempt to reduce contact between birds of prey and power equipment for the safety of the birds and integrity of the power system. Idaho Power has hundreds of nesting platforms in place.