To mitigate the risk of a contravention of the Migratory Bird Convention Act (MBCA) it has become routine to have a qualified professional conduct a “nest sweep” prior to conducting any activity where nesting birds might be impacted or disturbed.
The MBCA is a federal legislation that prohibits the disturbance, destruction, or taking of a nest, egg, or nest shelter of a migratory bird. In plain language, this means that if you clear any vegetation during the active migratory bird nesting season, you are at risk of committing a violation under this legislation. Violations can result in extensive fines, significant project delays, and costly damage to reputation.
Fiera Biological Consulting’s wildlife professionals are exceptionally skilled in the identification of birds and interpreting their behaviour, and in identifying areas where the probability of nesting activity is high. All of our nest sweeps are accompanied by a report that documents the area covered by the survey, the results of the sweep, and recommendations for commencing with the work in light of the survey findings.
“Nest sweeps” are typically conducted immediately before commencement of the work, and usually include an expiry date of between 2 to 10 days after the completion of the sweep.
If you plan on clearing vegetation between May and August give us a call and we can walk you through the requirements for undertaking a nest sweep.