MNR New Rule: Remove Bird Nest and Eggs
Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act protects the eggs and nests of most wild bird species, with the exception of American crow, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, or starling. This includes both active (in use) nests and inactive (not in use) nests of species that tend to return to the same nest year after year.
Effective July 1, 2013, the following do not need approval from MNR to destroy or remove a nest or eggs:
1. A person carrying out a renewable energy project with the required renewable energy approval under the Environmental Protection Act.
2. A person conducting maintenance on an electricity transmission or distribution line or on a telecommunications line or broadcast tower in cases where the nest or eggs create a risk to the function of the line or tower.
3. A forest operation in accordance with an approved forest management plan. Any other disturbance or removal of nests and eggs requires authorization from MNR. Read more