Texas is a major route for migratory birds shuttling between the United States and Canada, and this springtime event can impact residential, commercial and industrial properties.
Nesting birds – herons, egrets and other nesting water birds – bring challenges such as noise, odor and significant amounts of excrement that covers streets, sidewalks, cars and mailboxes on public and private property. People may find the birds' chosen nesting areas offensive and a nuisance when birds locate near homes and businesses. Concerns of possible health hazards, as well as noise and odors are some of the most cited complaints.
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 birds during their migration between the United States and Canada. As a result, the City of Irving is unable to address any complaints while the birds are nesting. Residents can address the situation proactively by following these guidelines: