Kauai utility will test "fence" of light to protect seabirds

Kauai utility will test "fence" of light to protect seabirds

HONOLULU (AP) - The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative plans to use a laser fence to help seabirds avoid power lines and transmission poles.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that KIUC is testing the use of low-power lasers to create a "fence" of light to protect endangered seabirds that fly at night.

KIUC transmission and distribution manager Carey Koide says the lasers will be programmed to be on during alternating night and biologists will monitor the project.

The utilities cooperative worked with the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project to create the laser fence last year. They attached 30 lasers to transmission poles in Eleele.

Flying into objects is one of the top causes of death and injury for seabirds.

The birds can detect lasers in the darkness and therefore avoid the power lines.

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