Event Profile

Avian Protection Workshop: Protecting Utilities and Customers by Protecting Birds

July 14 — August 4, 2021

Who Should Attend:

Managers and staff responsible for or assisting with avian protection programs.

Webinar Overview:

Avian protection is a key component to many aspects of operating a utility. From wildfire mitigation to regulatory compliance, understanding avian protection is critical. This four-part webinar will use case studies coupled with the instructor’s years of experience to help you support your utility's long- and short-term avian-related projects and planning. The sessions will focus on accepted methodologies and common approaches and introduce a broad array of products used to mitigate interactions and an assessment of their advantages and disadvantages.

Learning Objectives:

During the webinar, you will learn about:

    • Avian electrocutions and collisions
    • Nest management
    • Pollution issues
    • Woodpecker damage and mitigation
    • How to fold avian protection into fire management programs
    • Regulatory framework
    • Material properties and installation methods
    • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
    • Approaches to developing and conducting avian risk assessments
    • Assigning risk values to individual poles for work prioritization
    • Key components of an avian protection plan
    • Funds available to utility companies to retrofit facilities

Webinar Recordings:

Webinar recordings can be made available to registrants who are unable to attend live.

Webinar Instructor:

Rick Harness, Certified Wildlife Biologist, EDM International

Webinar Schedule:

The webinars will be held on July 14, 21, and 28, and August 4 from nine to noon Pacific Time. Attendees will be admitted 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

How to Participate:

Instructions will be emailed to attendees within 12 hours of the webinar and we recommend that you test the link to the meeting as soon as you get the instructions. The webinar is best viewed using Chrome as your browser. We recommend that you use a landline for both your phone and your internet connections.

This registration is for one person to attend. We manage our webinars on an honor-system basis; if more than one person from a utility wishes to attend, each is to register separately.

Webinar Fees:

Utility Member Rate: $640
Associate Member Rate: $960
Non-Member Rate: $1,920

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund as follows:

For webinars and virtual classes, if the request is made at least five days prior to the course, then 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

For in-person events, the following fee structure applies: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling because NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 12 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.