MWC approves funds to discourage migrating birds
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A metro community is preparing to fight back against some very unwelcome visitors.
As many as 30,000 egrets fill the trees, causing a headache for residents.
The birds are federally protected, making it hard to get rid of them.
Tuesday night Midwest City’s city council passed a measure allowing for overtime and new equipment to help in the fight to keep the birds out of town.
City officials said last year the egrets came in unnoticed.
By the time they were discovered, it was too late to do anything about them.
They had already made their nests, making it illegal due to federal law, for the city to do anything.
However, this year they have a plan and they’re going to be proactive as soon as the birds are noticed.
Hundreds of nests fill a wooded area near Post Rd. and Reno.
While the nests are empty now, the signs of who lived there remain.
Davis said, “There’s parts of a broken egg and you can see the feathers.”
Skulls and bones of egrets who didn’t survive litter the ground.
The birds who made the nests will likely try to move back in come spring; a move this city wants to prevent.
“They destroy the trees and the younger egrets, when they come out of the nests they get stuck in fences and die in streets and yards,” Midwest City Assistant City Manager Tim Rundel said. “It creates a horrible, horrendous smell in the neighborhood as well.”
The egrets are protected by federal law so the only way the city can get rid of them is by scaring them away.
Davis said, “It doesn’t harm them in any way; it just scares them away.”
Midwest City Animal Welfare officials ask if you see the birds to report the sighting to their office by calling (405) 427-6640.
Although, they do ask the calls are about egrets only, not pigeons or other birds.