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Before trimming that tree, check for bird nests

Before trimming that tree, check for bird nests
Camouflaged among the leaves, an adult female Allen's hummingbird sits in a nest at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach, in this file photo from 2014. (Kevin Chang / Huntington Beach Independent)

Laguna Beach officials are reminding residents who wish to trim trees to be on the lookout for bird nests.

Most types of birds in Southern California nest between February and August, according to a news release, thus the city suggests residents hire certified arborists to assess their trees and shrubs to determine if and when it is safe to trim.

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"Severely cutting, trimming and topping trees and other greenery in spring and summer could not only destroy nests and valuable nest sites, but it could lead to the intrusion of pests which is detrimental to the health of trees," the release said.

The City Council designated the city as a bird sanctuary in 1978.

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It is illegal in Laguna Beach to kill or harm birds, or damage their nests and eggs. In addition, federal and state laws protect birds, their nests, eggs and young from being removed, destroyed or harassed.

Violators could be fined or imprisoned.

The city suggests residents trim trees and shrubs between September and February, in non-nesting season.

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To report bird harassment, killing and/or destruction of bird nests, call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at (888) 334-2258.

To report nest disturbances, contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701, and press 0.

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Bryce Alderton, bryce.alderton@latimes.com

Twitter: @AldertonBryce

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