When nesting season ends, the nests will be abandoned. Can you remove a nest no longer in use? State and federal bird protection laws indicate that a government permit may be needed. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which covers all native Georgia birds, says it’s unlawful “to collect nests, eggs, feathers or any other parts of birds” without a government permit.
(What about cleaning out bluebird boxes? Visit sialis.org/clean.htm for guidance.)
If you have questions about removing a bird nest, check with wildlife agencies such as the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (706-557-3333).
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be new by next weekend. Mercury and Venus are low in the west just after dark and set less than an hour later. Venus will appear near the moon on Thursday. Mars rises in the east about four hours before dawn. Jupiter and Saturn rise in the east just before midnight.