Turkish officials save stork nests on utility poles
Around 30 storks have so far been saved, in the bid to stop the birds getting electrocuted.Local officials in central Turkey are making a special effort to protect stork nests located on top of utility poles.
Storks have built nests on at least 80 utility poles in the Kızılırmak neighborhood of the Çankırı province, which is a common migratory route for these birds.
However, as increasing numbers of birds pass through the area, many end up being electrocuted. In order to prevent any more accidents, local electric provider BEDAŞ has started to protect the nests, Doğan News Agency reported Sept. 9.
Five nests so far have already been protected by setting up platforms in the area, which have led to an estimated 30 storks being saved. Local officials also stress that the platforms not only keep storks from being electrocuted, but also prevent the birds from damaging the cables.