Founded December 3, 2013
The Cliff Swallows are Coming to Avila Beach.
Cliff Swallows are migratory birds that spend their winters in South America and migrate in the spring to North America. Migratory birds, such as Cliff Swallows are Federally Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Destruction of their nest, eggs and/or young is a violation of Federal Law.
Please see the links page on this site for a link to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Some info: Cliff Swallows are attracted to the eves of structures such as homes and businesses. These locations provide protection from the weather, Raptors and other predator birds and animals. However, the nest create an unsightly scene below the nest, and thus, the nest are usually knocked down to rid the nesting birds. Using preventative methods such as netting installed by a reputable pest control company is recommended, there are other sources such as hanging metallic streamers, or painting a non-earth tone strip under eves.
These hearty little birds expend a great deal of energy during migration and nest construction. Those living within the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary boundaries are encouraged to understand and abide by existing Federal laws protecting Cliff Swallows and other migratory birds and take precautions to protect the nest or take preventive action to detour nesting birds before nest are built. Once under construction the nest are Federally Protected. Please help make the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary a safe place for our feathered visitors to thrive and survive.
If you have any questions, please contact the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The community of Avila Beach celebrated the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary designation on September 20, 2014.
San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Adam Hill, presented a certificate of recognition to long-time Avila Beach resident Shirley Goetz, who began the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary Project.
See video on facebook.
On December 3, 2013, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor passed a proposal to have Avila Beach declared a Bird Sanctuary. (Reso. 2013-293)
The ABBS mission is to provide opportunities for the public to learn about migratory and native birds, their habitat, environment and history.
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