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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Migratory Birds in The Colony TX.

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Need to submit a concern or early sighting of migratory birds? Please submit a Migratory Bird Concern Report.

Nesting birds, such as herons, egrets and other nesting
waterbirds, bring challenges such as noise, odor and significant amounts ofexcrement that covers streets, sidewalks, cars and mailboxes on public and
private property. People may find the birds' chosen nesting areas offensive anda nuisance when birds locate near their homes and businesses. Concerns of
possible health hazards, as well as noise and odors are some of the most citedcomplaints.

However, these birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act of 1918, a U.S. federal law that protects more than 800 species of birdsduring their migration between the United States and Canada. As a result, the
City of The Colony is unable to address any complaints while the birds arenesting.

What can you do once birds have arrived?

  • Use a combination of scaring devices before migratory birds lay eggs.

  • As soon as you see birds on or near your property, begin using scare tactics.

  • Use noisemakers, water spray or shine lights at night.

  • Hang "scare eye" balloons or other moving objects in trees.

  • Use long poles, tennis balls or water hoses to disturb early nesting material.

  • DO NOT harm birds or eggs. These birds are protected by international treaty.

  • Once birds begin sitting on nests, eggs are probably present. You cannot kill, harass, move or disturb the birds when they are actively nesting.


For questions and general information regarding migratory birds, contact:

  • Pam Nelson, Community Services Director at pnelson@thecolonytx.gov or 972-624-3958, or

  • Jackie Kopsa, Parks Manager at jkopsa@thecolonytx.gov or 972-624-3969

    To report dead or injured birds, contact:

  • The Colony Animal Services at 972-370-9250, or

  • The Colony Police Department non-emergency at 972-625-1887 (24 hours a day)

    For additional information contact:

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Urban Wildlife Biologist at 972-293-3841, or

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Division of Migratory Bird Management at 703-358-1714


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