Often, we remove dead trees in town and along roadways because they pose a safety threat.
As you can see dead and dying trees present a myriad of natural nests and roosts for wild animals. However, as we cut down these trees, we destroy the homes of these animals. Although we cannot mitigate all the consequences brought about by eliminating snags in our environment, we can provide some replacements for a few of those animals, and at the same time gain a way to watch and appreciate wildlife.
Building a box for wildlife simulates these natural homes in which animals can be protected and comfortable, if built and maintained correctly.
MORGAN HILL - CA: Robert Handa Reports On Federal Investigation Into Cutting Down Of Tree With Nesting Owl Family.
Actions to help trees & birds:
• Trim and prune during the fall and winter when trees are dormant.
• Hire arborists, landscapers and tree trimmers who are concerned with the health of your trees and the birds that nest in them.
• Avoid contracting services that only trim trees because they have to work year around.
• If you see tree trimmers disturbing an active nest, TAKE A PICTURE of the nest, the destruction, and the company’s name.
Report violations to the Law Enforcement
Office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at (310) 328-1516 (Office of Investigations and Compliance Inspection).
What does the law say?
Birds and active nests are protected from harm or harassment by the Migratory BirdTreaty Act. CA Dept. of Fish & Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildllfe Service will issue citations and levy fines to individuals and companies that blatantly disregard the regulations.
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