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Canada Bluesfest Delayed by Killdeer Nest

Canada Bluesfest Delayed by Killdeer Nest

Killdeer performing the broken wing trick to lure a predator away from its nest on May 16th, 2015. (Paul Reeves/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:18 AM

In Canada, the annual RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is being held up by a nationally-protected killdeer and its nest of four eggs, which was found on the grounds of the event last Friday, CBC News reported.

The killdeer nest was found where the main stage was slated to be built on Tuesday, but those plans have changed with the discovery of the bird and its eggs, leaving organizers scrambling for alternative plans, the network said.

Organizers are hoping to get approval from Environment Canada to move the nest to either a new location close by on the festival grounds or a wildlife center where the eggs could be incubated, CBC News said.

"We are looking at all the options," Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan told reporters Monday, according to the CBC News. "I have to say this is one of the most challenging problems that we've been presented with recently, but we feel we can work through this."

The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is an annual outdoor music festival that takes place each July in downtown Ottawa, Ontario at LeBreton Flats Park. The event is scheduled to run from July 5-15 this year.

Foo Fighters, Bryan Adams, and Beck are just a few of a long list of artists who are expected to perform at this year's event, according to its website.

Eggs laid by a killdeer, whose population has dropped by 50 percent since the 1970s, take about 24 to 26 days to hatch, CBC News said. Monahan said he has no indication when the eggs found on the grounds are expected to hatch.

The Canadian Press wrote that until a decision is made, yellow caution tape has been placed around the nest site and the National Capital Commission is paying for 24-hour security on grounds.

"Seeing public attention — and until the assessment is complete and the best option can be determined — the NCC has ensured that the nesting site remains undisturbed with 24-hour on-site security," NCC spokeswoman Jacqueline Theoret told the Canadian Press.

The killdeer is protected in Canada under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and in the United States under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, according the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Canada's annual RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is being delayed because a killdeer nest with four eggs was found on the grounds of the event, and the bird is nationally protected.
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