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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Hummingbird egg halts upgrades to big bridge project
A tiny unborn hummingbird is getting in the way of a big bridge project in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The discovery of a nest and egg in a tree is stalling the start of upgrades on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge about 30 miles north of San Francisco, officials said Tuesday.
The species, Anna’s Hummingbird, is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that forbids the removal of the egg and offers other protections to birds. The nest — about half the size of a fist — was discovered about a week ago when work was set to begin.
It was found on the Richmond side of the $70 million bridge project, in one of about two dozen trees that were to be removed to widen the freeway, officials said.
Under the protection act, the tree must stay put until the hummingbird baby is gone...more
Under our laws they can condemn private property to further projects like this, but they can't mess with a hummingbird egg.