The overall goal of this project was to develop Lot 2 Springfield Business Park into storage units as part of the ongoing Springfield Business Park Development in Springfield, NE. To accomplish this, minor grading and tree clearing was necessary during the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) primary nesting window.
E&A conducted an Avian Nest Survey in compliance with the MBTA and Nebraska Revised Statute 37-540, which protects migratory birds, their nests, eggs and chicks.*
The area of investigation was 6.65 acres. Twelve inactive nests were observed. Five active nests were observed, which included: one northern cardinal, two American robins and two mourning doves. To meet the client’s schedule, E&A flagged the locations of the active nests and contacted the grading contractor at the end of the site visit to explain which trees to avoid and for how long.
*Note: An avian nest survey must be conducted or supervised by a qualified biologist. Avian nest surveys must be completed no more than 3 days prior to the removal of trees, shrubs or vegetation that may contain an active nest. The MBTA is applicable year-round, but most migratory bird nesting in Nebraska takes place between April and September.