Ah, American Cliff Swallows! A sign of Spring for many! Some also consider them a nuisance when they are great birds and their nests are temporary since they're just passing through. However, did you know Swallows are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the state of California?! They are! Which makes their nest illegal to knock down or even touch during the nesting season which is February 15th to September 1st without a permit from the Fish and Game Dept. The Fish and Game Dept. will only issue a permit under extreme circumstances such as health or safety hazards, and the entire process is strictly monitored.
••Knocking down a Swallows nest could cost you, THE FINE IS $15,000 OR UP TO 6 MONTHS IN JAIL!•• If you know of someone who has, is, or planning to destroy a Swallows nest, please do not hesitate to call Tri County Wildlife Care ASAP @ 209-283-EAGL(3245).
**They're great birds!
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).