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Sterilizing bird nest from outdoors

Posted by margis (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 14, 09 at 14:13

Just the other day I had to remove a bird nest that had been built under our deck. A person is coming to powerwash and paint the deck within the week so I didn't want the birds to lay there. They were planning to, but fortunately they hadn't layed any yet. I scouted for a safe spot to move the nest to but there was none, so I decided to keep it. I have seen real bird nests used as decorations indoors, and I wanted to know how to sterilize the nest without destroying it. It is made of dirt, moss, thick grass, and thin fine grass, and is very nice looking. I have found nothing on the web about this, can anyone help me? I also want to make sure to go ahead and take care of it in case this is a time-sensitive thing. Any info would be wonderful! :)

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RE: Sterilizing bird nest from outdoors

I don't think its legal to keep a birds nest. You need a permit to collect and display them, no different then using the feathers or even a taxidermy mount of a songbird. I am pretty sure its covered in the Migratory Bird act.

RE: Sterilizing bird nest from outdoors

It is against Federal, State, and local laws to keep any bird alive or dead, their eggs, feathers, or nests of any bird protected under the Migratory Bird Act.

Rural SW Indiana

Here is a link that might be useful: Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

RE: Sterilizing bird nest from outdoors

BTW the Migratory Bird act and other laws that protect songbirds do not apply to English House Sparrows and European Starlings. This is why people are allowed to remove House Sparrow and Starling nests from Blue Bird Houses and Martin houses

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