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Jeff Baldani

Hamilton, NY, United States

Phoebe Nest With Cowbird Egg

2 responses to “Phoebe Nest with Cowbird Egg”

  1. jennifer frost says:

    Why aren’t you removing the cowbird egg so the phoebe’s can survive, their numbers are going down and it is legal to remove the egg.

  2. Holly Faulkner says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    Because cowbirds are native to the U.S., they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and in most instances it is unlawful to use lethal control without a permit, including the removal of their eggs from a nest. However, unpermitted control of cowbirds is occasionally permissible under special circumstances outlined in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We recommend contacting your local wildlife authorities if you have questions.
    -Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant

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