Coalition: Trimming trees during nesting season could be deadly for wildlife

A coalition of local wildlife advocates, biologists, and conservation groups are reminding Palm Springs residents not to trim their trees and bushes during nesting season.

Driving the news: The coalition says when palm trees and other trees are trimmed during nesting season, the nests attached under the palm fronds will fall to the ground, killing the hatchlings.

The ask: Wildlife advocates say residents should avoid trimming their trees and shrubs until after nesting season, which ends Aug. 31.

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Why it matters: California Fan Palms provide a protective habitat for species like Barn Owls, Great Horned Owls, American Kestrels, and other species that all help reduce the pest population.

  • A recent study shows approximately 48% of existing bird species worldwide are known or suspected to be in population decline. Just in the U.S. and Canada, 3 billion birds have been lost since 1970.

But wait: The coalition warns birds and their nests are protected by state and federal laws, including the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

  • Anyone disturbing a nest could face up to six months in federal prison and a $15,000 fine. 

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