Fallen Angels No More
Swan Safe Project Work Complete! 100% FUNDED!
Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative’s crew worked diligently to complete the job early. Deadly overhead power lines are gone. New lines are buried safely underground, out of the way of wintering trumpeter swans that rest and feed in Texas Slough’s perennially open waters.
We’re at 100% of our funding target. You helped us meet our commitment, and own a part of Swan Safe Project forever. THANK YOU!
Last winter, twelve Trumpeter Swans died from power line collisions along a single mile of roadway in Madison County, Idaho.
Watch the 3 minute video to learn about the story and how you can help save Trumpeter Swan lives. It is not that often that an opportunity comes along to make such an immediate and lasting impact with your conservation dollar.
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Texas Slough is a tributary of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Wintering Trumpeter Swans are attracted to Texas Slough because the spring-fed slough remains open during the winter and it is full of the nutritious sago pond weed. The increasing population of Trumpeter Swans have made Texas Slough a swan "hotspot" each winter. Historically, the area was not frequented by swans but as the population has rebounded the Texas Slough is now heavily utilized by swans.
About a half dozen years ago, local conservation groups and Fall River Electric Cooperative recognized an increasing number of swans were colliding with overhead power lines, which were built along the slough roadway several decades ago. Together, significant efforts have been made by all parties to install bird "diverters" on the lines. Diverters are reflective devices attached to the overhead lines which help waterfowl see the lines as they land and take off. Diverters work well in most situations, but there are times in the Texas Slough area when conditions are just right and a thick fog forms, obscuring the lines and the diverters. Since the lines are so close to the road, sometimes the swans are startled and collide. With your help we can implement a solution for this emerging swan habitat which may include underground lines.
Unlike typical profit-based utilities that have sizeable funds for community projects, Fall River Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned, nonprofit utility, charged by its members to keep rates as low as possible. So the funding for this project must come from other sources. Fall River members Tim and Wendy Brockish are leading an effort to allow interested organizations such as the Teton Regional Land Trust, the Trumpeter Swan Society, and others to join forces with concerned Fall River Electric members to provide assistance with the "Texas Slough Swan Safe Power Line Project."
The fundraising target is $114,000. This is less than half the normal cost.
Fall River Electric will match donations of $50 or more up to $15,000! MATCH OVER! MATCH FILLED!
And your donations are tax-exempt.
To help earn the $15,000 match, choose Fall River Helping Hands on the team leaderboard at the bottom of this page. https://www.crowdrise.com/swansafeproject/fundraiser/fallriverhelpinghand MATCH OVER! MATCH FILLED!
HOW TO DONATE IN OTHER WAYS:
MAIL contributions to:
Fall River Helping Hands Inc.
Attn Swan Safe Project
1150 N 3400 E
Ashton, ID 83420
Write “Swan Safe Project” on your check’s memo line.
Include your address for tax documentation sent out at the end of the year.
CALL Fall River Electric Coop to make a credit card donation. 1.800.632.5726
DROP OFF your donation at any Fall River Electric office, Ashton, Driggs or West Yellowstone and your donation will be forwarded to the Fall River Helping Hands organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Should you have questions about this effort, you may directly contact Bryan Case, CEO of Fall River Electric, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your organization can be represented too in this effort and share in the positive outcome and exposure! That is what Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge did. Call Tim Brockish for more information 208-709-3147 or email at Tim.Brockish@gmail.com.