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Apr 8, 2022

Be Careful of Bird Nests While Trimming Trees

It’s the time of year when birds build nests so that their babies can hatch. So the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary in San Pedro (ACES) encourages people who want to trim their trees to either wait for another few months or to be extremely careful if they decide to do so now.

 

Christina Manzi

Christina Manzi, Wildlife Rehabilitator, ACES Wildlife Rescue

“It’s nesting season for the birds, so a lot of them are preparing nests, so they’re collecting and they’re trying to find really strategic spots that are going to be safe, that are going to hold up against winds, that are going to protect against predators, so they’re very particular about where they’re going to put that nest. A lot of work goes into it, so if you’re trimming trees, it’s better to hold off until the months that are a little bit later in the year – September, October, November, December, January, February – much better time.”

 

Marion Ali

“How do you sell that argument to people who will tell you that in two months’ time its hurricane season and this is the time to trim trees?”

 

Christina Manzi

“Yap, yap, well that’s a good point. If you’re going to trim trees right now, the best thing you can do is look at where you’re going; look at where you’re going. Inspect, is there a nest there? If there is and that tree has to come down, or that limb has to come down, maybe contact a wildlife rescue group in your area and that way the animals don’t have to die, that way they don’t get displaced, or you don’t cause fear to the mother or father who may not come back to take care of them.”


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