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SnoPUD's Avian Protection Program

posted Mar 21, 2019, 1:08 PM by Roxie Rochat

Did you know that almost all species of birds are federally protected? There are several federal laws that protect most species. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act all cover a variety of birds. The few species not covered include the introduced house sparrow, European starling and rock dove. Washington has almost 450 species of protected birds, including over 250 nesting species.  

Our Snohomish County PUD is committed to a conscientious Wildlife Injury Prevention & Response Plan. This includes policies for providing insulation over energized parts, increased separation to prevent electrocution and line markers to make power lines more visible to reduce the risk of collision.  You can read more about this program at  

AvianProtection Program - Snohomish County PUD

To report an avian-related incident, please call the SnoPUD Customer Service Department:


Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM, excluding holidays (toll-free 1-877-783-1000 in Western Washington and outside the Everett local calling area) Weekends & evenings: 1-877-783-1000, select Option 1 and report information to PUD dispatcher