Services we offer:
- Removal of birds from buildings
- Removal of vacant nests
- Exclusions and deterrents
- Repairs and cleanup
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Most wild birds are federally protected. They must not be chased, harassed, captured or harmed in any way. Their eggs and nests are also protected.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to move a bird or its nest. We are permitted through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to handle protected migratory birds on a case by case basis.
As with all wildlife, the presence of birds, especially in great numbers, indicates there is an attractive food source and or possibly a nesting area. In most cases, eliminating food and shelter resources and manipulating the environment to make it less attractive - more inhospitable for the birds, will be key to solving the problem long-term.
Gulls On Rooftops
Each year we receive complaints about gulls nesting on rooftops. If the nest is active - if there are eggs or chicks, they cannot be disturbed. However there are things we can suggest to protect workers from the protective parents, if necessary.
Efforts to exclude the birds should be conducted after breeding season and before nests have been completed - usually August through April. Deterrents should be used just prior to nesting, when the pairs are looking for suitable nesting locations.
Swallows Nesting On Buildings
Cliff and barn swallows may choose to build their nests on manmade structures, often under the eves of buildings. The birds and their mud nests are federally protected and cannot not be disturbed once they are active - once there are eggs of chicks.
Prevention is key! While there are a few types of deterrents that offer temporary relief when there are only a few swallow pairs attempting to nest, preventing large colonies from nesting will involve modification to the structure, making it impossible for the swallows to attach mud to the building's surface. Even then, however, the birds will try to build their nests on any remotely suitable spot.
Like salmon, swallows are genetically imprinted to return to the same location every year, so we highly recommend providing a dedicated structure for them - a structure they can call home. HERE's an example of one built in Fort Carson, CO. More images, HERE.
A great site on cliff swallows, HERE.
How one college turned the potential nuisance into curricular activities - check it out, HERE.
Birds In Buildings
Occasionally, a bird will find its way into a building by accident. Once inside, birds tend to panic looking for a way out. Windows pose a great risk. They see windows as a means of escape and often crash into the glass at full speed.
NEVER chase a bird that's trapped inside a building.
- Open all doors, windows and skylights.
- Cover windows and skylights that can't be opened.
- Turn inside lights off.
- Keep the area by the open windows and doors clear of people.
- Keep the rest of the room as quiet and free of people as possible.
If the bird still doesn't find its way out, wait until dusk - we've had a lot of birds find their way out just after the sun sets.