Even though the Lake Meredith Marina closed to the public during the first part of the year, apparently a large group of birds didnâ€™t receive the memo and are using the area as their current home.
According to Arlene Wimer, Chief of Resource Management of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, a large number of swallows are nesting on the two-story structure at the marina.
While the swallows are using the structure as their home, the birds are under the protection of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, meaning it is illegal to remove or move active nests.
At this time, the National Park Service (NPS) is monitoring the nests until the eggs have hatched and the young fledge.
Wimer said at that time the nest will be removed with concurrence from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The anticipated time for the young to leave the nest should be around mid-June.
Until the swallows have left, contractors are not able to touch the nesting structure, but are still able to begin the removal of other marina structures, docks, and the outlying building.