Did You Know You Cannot Just Remove a Bird Nest?

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These bird nest photographs were taken in the Inland Empire in CA.

While looking up some info on removing bird nests I came across some interesting Federal laws. Did you know that you cannot just remove most bird nests? I didn't so I “Googled” Bird Nests and come up with some interesting reading.

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The Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 prohibits the trapping, possession, or killing of most birds, their eggs and nests, without a permit.

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 Many people do not know that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal to disturb the nest any native bird without a permit.

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 It is illegal to disturb an active nest, even if it is in an inconvenient location without a permit from the U.S. FWS and sometimes from the State also. Permits are seldom granted.

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Typically there are state and sometimes county regulations in place as well.

 

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The only birds not protected in the US; Sparrows, Pigeons, and Starlings by state or federal law. However, local ordinances may protect these birds.

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 Be sure to check with local authorities before attempting control.Some birds' nests can be removed, but only if they are causing a threat to health and safety.

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This cute little bird is hard to see but it makes its nest on the palm frawns.

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If a bird’s nest is in immediate jeopardy, you can move the nest and put it into a box. Try to place it near the original location so the adult birds can find the nest and the eggs.

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Close up the box but put a hole on the sides so the adult birds can enter the box. Make sure to protect the nests from predators.

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I have a sparrow on my front porch and it comes at night and leaves early in the morning. Once in a while I see a flash when I open the front door. He did not build a nest there but just sleeps on the ledge. One day I will get lucky and get a photo. I will have to sneak up from the backyard.

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I found this picture and it is so cute....

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Hi Michael,

I did not know either and from the comments above I do not think anyone did. I have one in my eaves that has been there for 3 years and is not used in the winter so I was hoping to remove it but  not sure of the bird, think it is a robin so I guess I am not supposed to move it since she will be back in ths spring. It is in my pictures above and you can see how the painter just left it and painted around it last summer? I guess he knew!

Perhaps they do not know or choose to ignore the rules. They can fine them and I believe I read $10,000 first offense.

 

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I will never forget that I worked at a software development company, which had it's beautiful state of the art Research and Development center, targeted as prime real estate for thousands of swallows during nest building time, one spring.

We all watched for months, while the nests were tended to by the parent birds, and the babies learned to fly and become independent. . .BUT, come autumn, when nesting was done, the fire department showed up, and spent hours removing the nests from the building.  The R&D Center had come to look like something out of a Hitchcock movie, prior to the cleanup.

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Hi Myrl,

I have been reading about the swallows in San Juan Capistrano. I guess there are two big places in US, San Juan and maybe Nebraska? Can't recall for sure but read about the journey back from South America. Their nests have been infested so now they spray pesticides so they will return to the nests in the spring. Very interesting. Swallows are protected birds. I am surprised the Fire Dept could remove the nests? Thousands of people come to see them return every year. I would like to go so I may watch for sitings this spring.

 

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I never knew about this law either.  Love the pictures!

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Hi Debra,

Yes it seems to be the general consensus that we did not know about this so I am glad I posted it. I love birds and bird nests so much. I am always looking up instead of looking at houses. Must be able to be diversified or you burn out. Thanks for stopping.

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I am a Southern California Realtor and have a wide variety of interests. First of all Real Estate is my real love and focus point but I do have hobbies. I am interested in photography; nature, landscaping, lunar and solar phases, but Birds are my favorites. I also enjoy scrapbooking, blogging, and traveling; beaches, deserts, and mountains. I am also involved in the community as I care about the Inland Empire and making it a better place to live. I write this daily blog composed of nature, real estate news and interesting stories in Southern Califoria and other places across the United States.