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Nesting Bird Management. Fort Wainwright, Alaska Environmental Officer Course 2011. UNCLASSIFIED. 9/11/2014. 1. NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT. Outline. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Potential Problematic Birds Overview of Process HMMP Committee Authorized Use/User List

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Nesting bird management

Nesting Bird Management

Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Environmental Officer Course

2011

Name//office/phone/email address

UNCLASSIFIED

9/11/2014

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Outline

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Outline

  • The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

  • Potential Problematic Birds

  • Overview of Process

  • HMMP Committee

  • Authorized Use/User List

  • Hazardous Material Inventory

  • Environmental Officer Responsibilities

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The migratory bird treaty act

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

(MBTA; 16 USC 703-712)

prohibits the “take” of any migratory bird during the breeding season without a permit. Take is defined broadly and includes the removal of occupied nests. Occupied nests are defined as those that hold eggs and or chicks. Once a nest is active, there is nothing to be done without a permit.

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Potential problematic birds

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Potential Problematic Birds

  • Mew Gulls

  • Cliff Swallows

  • Bank Swallows

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Mew gulls

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Mew Gulls

  • Prefer to nest on platforms and stationary vehicles.

  • Nests can be built and an egg laid within a weekend.

  • Once an egg is laid, the nest and occupants are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and may not be removed without a permit.

  • Fort Wainwright applies for a gull nest depredation permit annually. Normally, Fort Wainwright obtains a permit for the removal of only 10 nests. Use of the permit is at the discretion of the Post biologist, on a case by case basis, who is knowledgeable and trained in identifying and assessing the state of nest activity and therefore the nests’ protection under the MBTA.

  • Empty nests can be removed without a permit.

  • Nests may be active while still being constructed. Check first and verify that the nest is EMPTY. If verification cannot be obtained, Do not remove the nest.

  • Preventative measures and a proactive approach are the most efficient and simple ways to deal with the nesting birds.

  • Prevent nesting between first arrival to July 15th.

  • Nests may not be removed until all signs of occupancy are gone.

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Cliff swallows

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Cliff Swallows

  • Swallows build mud nests under the eves of most buildings on Post.

  • Nests can be built and an egg laid within aweekend.

  • Cliff Swallows will utilize nests from the previous breeding season.

  • Fort Wainwright does NOTapply for NORdoes it receive a permit for Cliff Swallow nest depredation.

  • Once an egg is laid, the nest and occupants are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and may not be removed without a permit.

  • Empty nests can be removed without a permit.

  • Nests may be active while still being constructed. Check first and verify that the nest is EMPTY. If verification cannot be obtained, Do not remove the nest.

  • Preventative measures and a proactive approach are the most efficient and simple ways to deal with the nesting birds.

  • Prevent nesting between first arrival to July 15th.

  • Nests may not be removed until all signs of occupancy are gone.

Name//office/phone/email address

UNCLASSIFIED

9/11/2014

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Bank swallows

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Bank Swallows

  • Bank Swallows dig out and build nests into banks along the Chena River and large dirt piles (used in construction and other activities) on Post.

  • Nests can be built and an egg laid within a weekend.

  • Bank Swallows will utilize cavities and nests from the previous breeding season.

  • Fort Wainwright does NOTapply for NORdoes it receive a permit for Bank Swallow nest depredation.

  • Once an egg is laid, the nest and occupants are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and may not be removed without a permit.

  • Empty nests can be removed and or filled without a permit.

  • Nests may be active while still being constructed. Check first and verify that the nest is EMPTY. If verification cannot be obtained, Do not remove the nest.

  • Preventative measures and a proactive approach are the most efficient and simple ways to deal with the nesting birds.

  • Prevent nesting between first arrival to July 15th.

  • Nests and the dirt piles they are located in may not be removed until all signs of occupancy are gone.

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Proactive measures

NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Proactive Measures

  • Monitor any and all areas that will be of importance between first arrival – July 15 for nest constructions.

  • Remove EMPTY nest constructions. If in doubt of occupancy, leave nest and call the Environmental Division, Natural Resource Department Immediately for assistance.

  • Consider obtaining materials to prevent nesting if monitoring is lacking.

  • Cover dirt piles that will be of importance if they will be inactive for periods longer than 36 hours - Bank Swallows

  • Continue monitoring and proactive measures until July 15.

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NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

Materials for Nest Prevention

Bird Net 2000. Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

No-Knot Net. Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Bird-B-Gone Inc. 1-800-392-6915

www.birdbgone.com

Resources

  • ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION

  • Natural Resources Department

    • Wildlife Biologist- Amal Ajmi

    • US Army Garrison Fort Wainwright, Alaska (907) 361-4214

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NESTING BIRD MANAGEMENT

END

INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND

“Sustain, Support and Defend”

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