Bird causes delays in Bluesfest setup

Bird causes delays in Bluesfest setup

Bird causes delays in Bluesfest setup

Ottawa Bluesfest organizers have received a permit allowing them to move a bird's nest that had threatened to delay construction of the festival's main stage.

Its numbers having been halved since the 1970s, the diminutive brown and white birds and their nests are protected under Canada's migratory birds law.

"We've cordoned off the area in order to protect the bird and the nest and the eggs and we've looked at our options of what we can do".

The small plover and her eggs are now protected by security tape and guards who watch over her and her family day and night. "Anything that disrupts the schedule has a major effect, so we're taking it very seriously". "Most of the people we're working with ... are looking for a positive solution", Monahan said.

"We've seen it all - you name it, we've seen it", Sauve said. "There is no one saying that the festival can't go on".

Environmentalists - who noted that killdeer eggs generally need to be incubated for up to 26 days - were also brought in.

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The festival, set to begin July 5, has been temporarily delayed by the presence of a mother killdeer and her four eggs. "We're all faced with a situation we've never had before". "It's highly unlikely that that activity level ... will be conducive for the eggs or the birds to continue to be here".

Some research has shown the eggs can be successfully relocated and Monahan says the eggs might be moved to a spot about 50 metres away.

As news of the dilemma spread, it left residents divided.

Others expressed annoyance that the small plover, which is widespread across North America, was risking a festival that contributes more than C$30m annually to the local economy.

"We're hopefully going to have the nest and the eggs to a safe location by the end of the day", Monahan said, adding that setup work on the stages should start soon.

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