March 22, 2017
I know it doesn’t feel a lot like spring today but, believe it or not, warming spring sunshine is on its way. Soon we will be waking to the sounds of robins and goldfinches outside our windows, rather than the neighbour’s snowblower! Speaking of robins and goldfinches, did you know that it is illegal in Canada to hurt, possess, or even harass a bird, nest, or nesting territory of a bird protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act?
Most birds in Canada are protected under this Act, which originally came into effect in 1917, including some that don’t even migrate. Some birds that aren’t covered by the Migratory Birds Convention Act, such as hawks and owls, are also protected in Alberta under the Provincial Wildlife Act.
So, if you are planning to clear land of any kind, even if there are no trees, you will probably want to make sure that none of our feathered friends have set up residence. I say even if there are not trees because many of our bird species are ground nesters, and its not uncommon for us to find nests in unkept grassy areas, and sometimes even on bare dirt. The most critical time in Alberta are the months of May through July, but the risk of disturbing protected birds and their nests outside of this period can be significant depending on factors like local seasonal climate conditions, the species involved, and quality of habitat.
Have questions? We can help. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to clarify things for you. For an example of what we can do to help, check out this Case Study of a recent project we completed.