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Neighborhoods that are subject to an influx of egrets are reminded that this species is protected by state and federal migratory bird laws. Due to their protected status, egrets and other migratory birds cannot be disturbed once they have started nesting. To proactively address this issue, Irving Animal Services urges residents and property owners to take the following steps to prevent egrets and other migratory birds from nesting.
Install bird-scare tape or flash tape as a visual deterrent to make trees less attractive to migratory birds in search of nesting locations (if properly installed before birds have nested, flash tape has a 90 percent success rate in encouraging birds to nest elsewhere)
Remove existing nesting material as migratory birds often return to nest in the same locations
Remain vigilant in observing neighborhood bird activity
For more information and other techniques on how to safely and humanely protect private property from becoming an egret nesting ground, call Irving Animal Services at (972) 721-2256.
Source: City of Irving