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According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, it is estimated that between 8 million and 57 million birds are killed each year in the United States from collisions with electric utility lines. Electric lines are difficult for birds to see and they are typically installed in the range of average bird flight level. Birds can be injured or killed when they collide with electric lines in mid-flight or if they land on the lines or poles incorrectly. Electric lines are a particular risk to birds in locations with large bird migrations and in areas where poor weather or darkness decreases line visibility making them harder to see.

As demand for power grows and electric utility infrastructure continues to increase, it is becoming increasingly important to try and reduce collisions of birds into electric power lines.