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City taking steps to limit impact of egrets in south Fort Worth

Posted May 28, 2020

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an egret sitting on a lake
Great egrets are a protected nongame species. (Texas Parks and Wildlife photo)

Migratory egrets have been observed at residences on Fuller Circle and Johnstone Lane in south Fort Worth this spring. So far, no birds have been seen in Candleridge Park.

Texas is a major route for migratory birds shuttling between the United States and Canada. This annual event can impact residential, commercial and industrial properties. The nesting birds bring challenges such as noise, odor and significant amounts of excrement covering streets, sidewalks, cars and mailboxes on public and private property.

This is currently the nesting season for birds. City staff is unable to address any of these issues while the birds are nesting due to their protected status under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Once birds begin sitting on nests, eggs are probably present. According to the Treaty Act, residents cannot kill, harass, move or disturb the birds during nesting season.

What’s being done about the problem

The city’s Code Compliance Department works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which also educates residents and enforces the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

While there have been no reports of dead birds, residents can bag dead birds, place them on the curb Monday-Saturday and call Solid Waste at 817-392-1234 for pickup.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control picks up and cares for any sick and injured egrets that are reported.

Code Compliance’s Solid Waste Division has been sweeping the streets around Candleridge Park and the additional four to six homes that are affected two times a week to remove debris.

Code Compliance and Park & Recreation staff continue to monitor the situation and provide information to residents.

Learn more about Texas’ migratory birds.

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