Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (LANL)
Published As: Public
Lessons Learned: Open bollards, open pipes used as fence posts, and open vent tubes, all pose threats to migratory birds which may see these openings as possible nesting sites and perish when they are unable to fly or crawl out. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, causing migratory bird mortalities (including eggs in active nests) is a federal offense that can result in criminal prosecution for both the organization and the individual. Organizations should consider if work procedures can be updated to require any bollards or open pipe fence posts to be covered when installed; workers should stop work if their work may impact a migratory bird or an active nest and report any issues that endanger migratory birds (or other wildlife) to management.
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