Swallows Entrapped in Netting Under Venoco Piers
It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping to see on this beautiful Easter morning. My first thought when I originally saw the netting being installed under the defunct Ellwood piers, “that’s a really bad idea.”
Then I assumed, whether correctly or incorrectly, it was installed to limit the birds ability to build nests, as the piers are being dismantled as part of the mitigation agreement?
Sadly, we found many birds have become entangled and imprisoned behind the netting. Trying as hard as we could, with the longest stick we could find, we could not free them. Many dozens more swallows are trying desperately to build their nests, right through the netting, where they will not be able to access them! UGH. It's a sad sight.