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Bird-Friendly Tree Trimming Tips

Each year, hundreds of bird species nest in Southern California. They rely on trees and bushes as safe havens to build nests, lay eggs, and raise their young. Trimming trees during the nesting season may frighten birds, damage the nest, and result in the injury or abandonment of chicks. You can do your part to help native wildlife by practicing bird-friendly tree trimming.

-Look for nests prior to trimming
-Trim when birds are not nesting (September through the beginning of January)
-Know the laws protecting birds
-Hire a certified tree trimmer
-Leave nests alone even if they appear abandoned
-Tell your friends and neighbors how to protect nesting birds



It’s the Law!

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act 703. – It is unlawful to take, kill, or possess migratory birds, their parts, nests, or eggs.

California State Code 3505. – It is unlawful to take, possess, or needlessly destroy the nest or eggs of any bird.

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