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  1. Nice blog. It is great to observe one area and get to know it very well. Just two quick notes. One is, technically it is illegal to possess a robin’s nest. The robin is classified as a migratory bird and thus protected by the Migratory Bird Act. Many years ago people in the interest of science would collect bird nests and eggs. This obviously would have an affect on the bird populations. The law was made to protect birds from this collection and even though you are taking the nest after the fledging of the young conservation law enforcement presumes that you have disturbed the nesting process.
    Another thing to note is that though birds have no to little sense of smell going near and touching a birds nest might have negative affects (contrary to popular belief, and I’m sure you know this, parent birds will not abandon their young if you touch them or the nest). Leaving your scent behind can lead predators like raccoons to the nest. They know that human scent often leads to food. They’ll follow the scent looking for some left over human food and find the nest with eggs or babies, not human food, but food for a raccoon never the less.

    • Thanks for your comments, George. Please be aware that as for collecting nests, it is being done legally through federal licensing under environmental education. As for handling the nests, note that my piece specifically states that the nests are collected in Autumn, long after the birds have completed the nesting and fledgling process. Any photos taken did not involve touching or handling the nest (in fact one photo was actually shot from indoors). The location of the nests on this acre are near areas I commonly walk. Therefore, neither a quick photo or the collection of abandoned nests in Fall creates a greater danger of predation.

  2. That’s great that you have an education use permit. Just wanted to be sure that others reading the blog should be aware that there are protections and things to be aware off. Many school teachers have nests that they or the students they teach have and are surprised to find out about the laws protecting birds, their nests, eggs and feathers. Someone reading about collecting nests might want to go out and collect them not being aware of such restrictions that are in place to protect birds.

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