|Erika Gates and GBPC linesman relocate baby bird|
During a routine onsite check of tools in preparation for a job assignment, GBPC linesmen Keith Knowles and Arthur Spencer discovered a baby Northern American Mocking bird nesting inside a piece of equipment called a tension machine. They were getting ready to transport the machine to a job location, when an examination of the equipment revealed the distraught baby bird.
The concerned employees immediately notified their supervisor, Troy MacKenzie, and alerted him to the situation. Mr. MacKenzie made several phone calls but was unable to find an agency that would come to help with the baby bird. The best they could do was to keep an eye on the bird until assistance came. Eventually the employees were referred to Erika Gates, a bird conservationist, who responded instantly.
“It is standard practice for us to complete safety briefings and safety checks of equipment prior to the start of a job,” said Keith Knowles, GBPC linesman. “We were informed by Mrs. Gates that had we not conducted the checks and simply moved the machine to the job site, it would have resulted in the death of the baby mocking bird.”
Mrs. Gates arrived at the GBPC Transmission & Distribution site and administered directives to the employees on how to safely relocate the baby bird. “With her guidance, we were able to safely move the bird to a temporary nest that we had created,” commented MacKenzie. “We are so grateful that Mrs. Gates was able to respond so quickly to our call and assist us with relocation efforts.”
Mrs. Gates informed the employees that the relocation efforts were critical to the survival of the mocking bird. “Upon my arrival I noticed the parents flying around the compound making sounds of distress. They were clearly looking for the hatchling. It was important that the temporary nest be placed as near as possible to the original site of where the employees found the bird,” remarked Mrs. Gates. She went on to explain that if this didn’t occur, the baby bird would have starved to death because the parents would have not been able to find and feed the bird.
The GBPC employees have reported that the parents and hatchling have been safely reunited and that the mocking bird family is doing well. They also wish to express thanks to Mrs. Gates for her assistance in the rescue and relocation of the baby bird.