Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

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Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition
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After several weeks of preparations, the De La Guerra Street replacement project has temporarily halted to a stop because of nesting hummingbirds purportedly discovered in the demolition zone during an inspection by Fish and Game. 

The nests are currently being monitored for any changes.

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a-1566365483 May 31, 2019 02:08 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Thank you Fish & Wildlife! There will always be pressure from SELFISH SELFISH people to prioritize their petty needs over wildlife. Nesting protection is required for continuation of species. It’s temporary. Stop whining Mattboy & get over it. Donate money to their union if you’re so concerned. Think outside the box & get a temp job... maybe the oil spill on Haskell's Beach could use help with cleanup.

Lucky 777 May 31, 2019 11:19 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

If the City really cared they could prioritize planting blooming vines on municipal property fences that would support and shelter hummingbirds. Truly beautify the city, long-term. They could also plan their construction calendar for repairs in seasons that do not impact nesting. But they are ignorant and reactive, and justify their existence with these projects to keep the budget wheels spinning.

biguglystick May 31, 2019 10:30 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

I am so happy to see that SOMEONE cares about our wildlife!! I do believe that people are waking up and starting to care. We share the earth with these beings, and we've done a poor job of taking care of our earth, oil spills right here at Haskell's in the news this morning. Humans cause it. Thank you to the City of Santa Barbara and to all people who care about wildlife. They deserve to live peacefully just as much as we do.

a-1566365483 May 30, 2019 06:06 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

I, for one, am all for lending our fellow Earthlings a helping hand whenever and wherever necessary. It's about time we all stopped thinking humans mean so much more than other creatures. We're all in this together. Kindness and compassion never hurt anyone. Hooray for Fish and Game working to protect tiny feathered beings.

LocalMatt May 30, 2019 12:21 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Sure there are. But these are infrastructure jobs. Granite doesnt build buildings. So if a specific job they bid on gets put on hold the work stops.

a-1566365483 May 30, 2019 12:20 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

What is asinine is that this is just discovered after "weeks of preparation". I am no fish and game expert, but I understand that it is only against the law to disturb nesting birds. That is why most contractors sweep/clean properties daily during nest creation season especially for swallows. No nest = no nesting birds. The birds get the idea and build their nest and lay eggs somewhere else. This is just poor planning.

LocalMatt May 30, 2019 11:22 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Zerohawk. Please announce other delays. Stopping vital infrastructure projects for 2 hummingbirds is idiotic. Construction workers dont get paid to sit on their couch.

ZeroHawk May 31, 2019 12:59 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Matt please explain to me and the rest of Santa Barbara, how replacing a bridge that was already replaced 3 years ago is a vital infrastructure project. Please explain.

ZeroHawk May 30, 2019 03:06 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

ok so you're more worried about a construction worker getting paid than environmentalism and preservation. got it. tell ya what....go to your bank, withdrawl and go find those poor construction workers and shell out your own cash.

Roger May 30, 2019 12:17 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Maybe there are other places the construction workers can work until the birds have completed their task after all isn't there alot of buildings being built here now...

LocalMatt May 30, 2019 11:03 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

What if there was a nest at your place of work. Then you had to stop work, not get paid and tell your mortgage lender. Oh it's ok I cant pay you A birds nest is on my keyboard and I'm not allowed to touch it.

biguglystick May 31, 2019 10:27 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Right?! I've been trying for yeeeears and I have never been able to. Now it's just completely out of my reach.

biguglystick May 31, 2019 10:26 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Sorry, Matt, but these birds are part of our environment. YOU are part of it, and we, as humans, depend on our ecosystem for life. Why do you think people love Santa Barbara so much? It's because of the natural beauty. WHY such blatant vehement disregard for our wildlife? Man, people like you are the problem! These birds are just as important as humans, and they don't do all the damage that humans do. I am SO grateful that someone is watching out for the birds. If everything was run by people who think like you do, we'd just be paved over, concrete Hell, no wildlife, no nature, just whatever the greedy humans want. Pfft!

Factotum May 30, 2019 03:14 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Of course people buy houses in SB on their salaries, because they have a skill set that allows them to live this area to live. They also first buy where they can afford, and then leverage their equity into a local home, condo or mobile home purchase. Government is the biggest local employer and they pay extremely well. Work for the government and get your home here, and if you can combine a dual government income, you are literally home free.

LocalMatt May 30, 2019 10:52 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

I care about wildlife and animals. I just think this is asinine to stop a project for a nest. It could easily be moved to another location

biguglystick May 31, 2019 10:33 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Thank you, Zerohawk, this is truth. We need all the pollinators we can get at this point! Love lemons and avocados? Thank the bees and the hummingbirds! This delay of demolition won't impact us humans AT ALL. Not one iota.

ZeroHawk May 30, 2019 03:09 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

starts with two or three, and then you end up wiping out a species that POLLINATES the fruits and vegis that you purchase and consume. this is exactly how it works. history doesn't lie...

Factotum May 30, 2019 02:31 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

This is de minimus impact. We need counter-balancing common sense, risk-benefit built into this current zero tolerance "environmental" overkill. Our city's balanced budget is an endangered species too. Time for Salud Carbajal to join current efforts that will bring sanity to EPA and DOI over-protection regulations. No, our planet and all it contains does not depend on two or three hummingbirds. Reality check. Our planet does depend on making sensible decisions within the human interface with nature.

ZeroHawk May 30, 2019 11:13 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

and you clearly don't understand wildlife and specifically birds that are nesting. You touch the nest, the parent bird abandon's the nest and baby. hummingbirds only give birth to two chicks, and generally only 1 survives. they are major pollinators like bees are. This is vital to our survival. So to say this is asinine is wrong. This is preservation. This is how we prevent things to go extinct. I have worked as a volunteer for a few local facilities that care for wildlife. The city and construction companies drag their feet as it is, so to delay a bit more for preservation of our local fauna is a necessity.....

LocalMatt May 30, 2019 10:15 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

These are the ridiculous things that slow big construction jobs. Same thing is happening on the quarantina bridge job. "A nest of hummingbirds" amazing

ZeroHawk May 31, 2019 12:56 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

dude you seem to have nothing but anger and problems with the world. i suggest you get a sign and march up and down the road in front of all of these bridges that you're so concerned about.....did you even realize that they have already replaced the DLG bridge? Do you happen to live in this neighborhood? I kinda doubt it. I do and have lived here for decades....as I said earlier as well, none of us care. They replaced the bridges several years ago and obviously screwed it up. So why should MY tax dollars go to pay another construction company to do the same thing? when it's NOT NEEDED. You seem to miss that major point as well...it's unnecessary. So please continue to argue with fact and solid reason. It's amusing. More than a good movie.

Roger May 30, 2019 10:43 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

We are a community that cares about wildlife We are sorry that some people only care about them elves as if they are the only ones allowed to exist in California however all is not lost there are other places they can go.

Factotum May 30, 2019 10:08 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Touching, a community willing to pay for construction delays. Could we please have an accounting since there are now several incidents of bird protection interference with other construction projects. Public needs to know and factor this into future budgeting decisions.

ZeroHawk May 30, 2019 03:11 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

this won't cost US anything man...this will cost the city whatever it costs and frankly, this city council has a shit ton of money in its coffers. i'm not concerned about a delay on a bridge that doesn't need to be rebuilt. they rebuilt these bridges 3 to 4 years ago...this is just them wasting more money on something that isn't needed.

Factotum May 30, 2019 02:37 PM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

Let's see how much this delay will cost taxpayers and then we can discuss the wider dimensions of this incident. Construction equipment once in place cannot easily be moved to another job, while waiting for two hummingbird eggs to hatch. Agree, too bad this was not foreseen before the project started. Word to the wise in this town -since all the delay does is spend other people's money, one can only wonder about those who scream the loudest hang the expense and demand this screeching halt and demand such minutiae will save the planet for all future generations. Since the bridge handles auto traffic, why not stop the bridge entirely if one is truly concerned about the web of life.

ZeroHawk May 30, 2019 11:14 AM
Hummingbirds Halt DLG Bridge Demolition

all communities pay for delays. we have been paying for other delays that aren't announced. let's rail on those too....or really...who gives two turds if it's delayed. this is 1 block from my home, and i assure you, none of us in the neighborhood care. except my friend that lives right next to the bridge...

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