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Stop Removal of Cliff Swallows at DVC

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The Diablo valley College--San Ramon campus has recently removed all cliff swallow nests from the overhangs of campus buildings. February 15 through September 1 is the nesting period for these birds, and the removal of their homes has disastrous implications for their reproductive success. 

Furthermore, these birds are a protected species under Federal and State law, and removal of these birds is damaging to their biological fitness. All swallows are included. These birds are programmed to return to their nests and will continue to do so. Apparently this issue was raised to higher decision-makers at DVC and was ignored. There are other effective solutions, if needed, to manage these birds without destroying their homes and their reproductive season. As a student at DVC, I can attest that these birds are not a nuisance, do not interfere with class activities, and are not aggressive. They are swallows who stay in their nests during the season, and lay their eggs and raise their young. 

PLEASE help to stop DVC officials from ruining their nesting grounds immediately. They have already been removed, and will continue to be removed as they continue to come back, and I need your help to stop this from continuing.

 

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (in part):

Establishment of a Federal prohibition, unless permitted by regulations, to "pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, offer for sale, sell, offer to purchase, purchase, deliver for shipment, ship, cause to be shipped, deliver for transportation, transport, cause to be transported, carry, or cause to be carried by any means whatever, receive for shipment, transportation or carriage, or export, at any time, or in any manner, any migratory bird, included in the terms of this Convention . . . for the protection of migratory birds . . . or any part, nest, or egg of any such bird." (16 U.S.C. 703)

 

CA Department of Fish and Game (state enforcement agency):

All swallows are included under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 as migratory insectivorous birds and as such are protected by state and federal regulations. It is illegal for any person to take, possess, transport, sell, or purchase them or their parts, such as feathers, nests, or eggs, without a permit. As a result, certain activities affecting swallows are subject to legal restrictions.

The California Department of Fish and Game, the enforcement agency, considers February 15 to September 1 to be the swallow nesting season.



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