Co-op Helps Erect Eagle’s Nest

LIVINGSTON, February 10, 2016 – It’s the only structure of its kind in East Texas. After years of research, engineering and planning, Steve Heide finally saw his dream hoisted into the air in late January.

The Waterwood resident and his wife, Lisa, purchased the lot on which their home sits because it faces due west—giving them prime bird watching opportunities. It didn’t take long for the couple to notice that their property on Lake Livingston was a favorite among eagles.

“The eagles hunt out in the cove,” Steve says, adding that he came up with the idea to build a special perch, or nest, for the patriotic avians more than nine years ago.

Crews from Sam Houston Electric Cooperative recently helped the Heides erect the finished structure that Steve designed to be attached to the top of a power pole. His research was evident, noting that the perches extend out facing north and south to accommodate the eagle’s flight paths.

“We love bird watching,” Lisa Heide says. “We love being good stewards of our property, and he [Steve] has always wanted to do something like this.”

At Sam Houston Electric Cooperative, we’re proud to be a part of good stewardship, protecting our environment and the critters that share East Texas with us.

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