January 10, 2014

Protect Your Property: Egret Workshop on 1/22

ONA President Libby Willis writes:

"Did you ever think we would be talking about how to prevent egrets from nesting in Oakhurst? 

Remember what happened in the Tanglewood Neighborhood when egrets took up residence there a couple of years ago?  They were scared away from that area to our part of town, Sylvania Park...

Please see the attached maps showing the 4 mile radius around Sylvania Park (where egrets nested last year) where they might try to nest this year.  See also the checklist attached to know what to look for and what to do."

Egret Education (Sylvania Park area)
Egret Tree Coverage (Sylvania Park area)
Egret Homeowner Checklist

"Oakhurst is one of the potential nesting places.  WE NEED TO BE PREPARED STARTING THIS MONTH TO RECOGNIZE SENTRY BIRDS which are the initial scouts which could show up in Oakhurst and beckon others to come...working together, we should be able to fend off this threat to our trees and quality of life.  Egrets are great birds, but they belong somewhere other than Oakhurst and Riverside..."
Also see the announcement below regarding an upcoming informational workshop:

The City of Fort Worth will host an educational workshop to help residents learn how to prevent nesting of federally protected birds.  As you might recall these migratory birds settled in Sylvania Park last year and have the potential of returning and settling within a four mile radius from last year’s nesting site.
This free workshop is open to all Fort Worth residents, but especially recommended for residents with mature trees and dense tree canopy on their property.
Egret Workshop
Wednesday, January 22, 7pm
Riverside Community Center
3700 E. Belknap St.
Why attend?
  • Learn to identify nuisance birds.
  • Get practical tips to discourage nesting in your trees.
  • Protect your property from noise, odor and damage egret and heron  nesting can cause.
For more information, please call the Neighborhood Education Office at 817-392-6201 or visit: http://fortworthtexas.gov/migratorybirds/ 
Thanks You,

Ruben Olmos
Neighborhood Office
Planning & Development Department, City of Fort Worth
Phone: 817-392-2043   Fax: 817-392-2107

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