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Plan hatched to save nest

When a grass fire in the Shuswap damaged a transmission line, BC Hydro faced a much more complicated task than simply replacing the charred poles.

A bald eagle pair had made the unusual choice of building a nest at the top of one of the poles near Chase, and utility workers confirmed the nest contained a single egg.

A series of posts on the Crown utility's social media page shows how technicians and environmental field staff completed the delicate task of collecting the egg and storing it in a straw-filled pail.

While the egg was kept warm in a temperature-controlled vehicle, Hydro says the top of the transmission pole was cut away.

A crane was used to lower the pole top and the large nest to the ground where workers were able to detach the nest and return it to the top of the repaired tower.

One of the adult eagles showed interest in the replaced nest almost immediately, and Hydro says it was back with the egg the following morning.

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