Audublog

Kudos to Culver City

May 11th, 2012 · by Daniela Ogden

We were very pleased to read this on the LACoBirds message board this morning:

Culver City has written language into their Tree Trimming contract specifically protecting birds during the nesting season. The City is also willing to work with local birders who can assist in identifying trees targeted for pruning that may contain nests. The City has agreed to release the dates and the names of the streets where trimming will occur between May-August. If you are interested in helping out please contact me at my NEW email address (see above). You can put in as much or as little time as you want. Non-Culver City birders are encouraged to assist if you have the time and inclination. No prior experience in finding nests required.

Eleanor Osgood
Culver City

If you live in Culver City we encourage you to volunteer.

Categories: Bird conservation · urban conservation

2 Comments so far ↓

  • Megan Sutherland

    Hi Eleanor,

    I’m happy Culver City is taking a step in the right direction. However, please be aware that there are several federal laws that protect birds, regardless of the Culver City laws.

    Most notably, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects almost all birds in the US. Active nests are protected and may not be disturbed or moved at any time. If there are active nests (nests with eggs or young in them), then the nest cannot be moved and no trimming work can commence until the young fledge. The penalty for disobeying this law is $15,000.

    Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
    Thanks!
    ~Megan