Guide / March 20, 2018

Bird Beneficial Management Practices Guide for Utilities

CEA’s Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) Guide is purpose-built to encourage and facilitate important discussions about the electricity industry’s commitment to environmental performance and conservation as it specifically relates to minimizing its impact on migratory birds, their nests and eggs during activities associated with electricity projects.

“Our members safely, reliably and securely deliver electricity to Canadian to homes and businesses from coast-to-coast-to-coast. They must continue to do this while simultaneously respecting and protecting the environment in which they operate.”

The Honourable Sergio Marchi, President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association

The BMP Guide addresses:

  • identification of factors that may affect the risk of incidental take, including environmental setting and project constraints that influence the ability to manage the risk of incidental take;
  • compilation of existing beneficial practices utilized by CEA members to manage potential interactions with birds;
  • recommendations for mitigation to avoid, minimize and compensate for the risk of incidental take, including timing restrictions, setback distances, and methods for identifying active and inactive bird nests.

CEA’s BMP Guide was consciously developed by CEA utility member companies committed to delivering reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity to support the growth of a low carbon, clean energy economy and advance Canada’s international climate change commitments while simultaneously respecting and protecting the environment in which they operate.



Animal Mitigation

Mitigation of animal contact to distribution equipment is a way to improve system reliability, minimize customer interruptions as well as operational and maintenance costs.