Partnering with Crow Island State Game Area to Protect Birds


As part of a long-standing partnership with Crow Island State Game Area, ITC this summer installed more than 1,000 yellow-coiled bird diverters along more than five miles of its Tittabawassee – Hampton and Bauer – Tittabawassee 345 kV transmission lines.

The diverters are designed to help make the lines more visible to the many species of large birds that reside in Crow Island, and discourage contact with the lines.

Since 2011, ITC has worked with Crow Island to help remove invasive plant species, rejuvenate the switchgrass prairie plantings and restore an access road for use by wildlife watchers and outdoor recreationalists. ITC’s partnership with Crow Island has been recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work certified site.

Crow Island State Game Area includes portions of Saginaw and Bay Counties along the upper Saginaw River in east-central Lower Michigan, spanning roughly 3,638 acres of forest and wetland. Crow Island has had over 100 species recorded in recent years including egret, blue heron, red-tailed hawk and eagle.

Environmental Stewardship

Utility companies operate in nature. Power lines, particularly the high-voltage lines that transmit massive amounts of electricity across the country, must coexist within our natural environment. As the country’s only independent electrical transmission provider, we take our responsibility for the environment very seriously.

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