Barn Swallows and other bird nests
Birds need a little help from humans from time to time. The Government of Canada realizes that and, through the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Canada National Parks Act, provides some protection for these important species.
Some birds nest on buildings, and they may become a concern to homeowners and businesses.
Barn Swallows are a species that commonly nests on structures like bridges, barns and under the eaves of buildings. In 2017, Barn Swallows were designated as a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act.
Jasper National Park biologists have found active Barn Swallow nests on buildings and under bridges and this is helping us understand how these particular birds use the Park so that we can help recover this species.
If you are concerned that a bird nest might impact human health at your home or business, please contact Jasper National Park through Jasper Dispatch at 780-852-6155 and we can work together to find a solution.
Dealing with a nest on your own could prove to be costly. A recent court case concerning the removal of Barn Swallow nests in Banff National Park resulted in a $27,000 fine.