The Windsor Star
When a pair of ferruginous hawks decided to nest in the only tree standing in a sea of rolling southern Alberta grassland, it was tools down for Enbridge. The tree was located within one kilometre of a company work site, south of Lethbridge, Alta., so Enbridge officials waited about a month for the hawks, classified as a species at risk, to raise their three fledglings.
As a result, Enbridge’s new $300-million transmission line will begin importing Montana wind power into the province next week, missing their end of July target. “These birds are a protected species and were actually following the crews as they installed the line,” said Don Thompson, vicepresident for green energy at Enbridge. “We were basically feeding them, because the work crews stirred up the field mice,” he said. “You would think the sounds of construction would disturb the hawks, but these birds are predators and they are looking for any advantage. And we gave them lots of advantages.” Read article