OTTAWA, Ontario (CelebrityAccess) — Organizers for Ottawa Bluesfest have been given the go-ahead to relocate a bird’s nest that had caused a delay in the construction of the event’s main stage.
On Tuesday, the CBC reported that Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada’s environmental regulator, signed off on the move and issued a permit that will allow festival organizers to move the nest to a “nearby suitable habitat.”
The birds in question, a Charadrius vociferus, more commonly known as the killdeer, is a variety of plover and had been discovered to be nesting where Bluefest organizers hoped to erect their main stage. While the species is in decline in Canada, it’s not considered to be at risk.
“The relocation will allow the nest to remain and eggs to hatch in the natural environment. In the event of nest abandonment, eggs will be transported to a rehabilitation facility to provide the best probability for survival,” a spokesperson for the Ministry told the CBC.
Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan told the CBC that the festival had hired a licensed bird handler with the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary in Minden, Ont. to relocate the nest.
The presence of the bird delayed the construction of the festival stage, which had been scheduled to start on Tuesday. The 11-day festival kicks off on July 5th.