The breeding season for the East County AWP Program is officially underway. Breeding season kicked off on January 15 and will run through September 15. Raptors such as hawks, falcons and eagles will mate during this time frame in addition to smaller song birds.
The breeding season in San Diego County is much longer than most other regions in the United States due to the mild weather and temperatures in the region. Smaller birds can breed up to four times in a season. Hummingbirds and mourning doves have even been known to breed year-round in our area.
With that said, it is possible that these birds may be found at various East County AWP construction sites. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, if a bird nests in construction materials or equipment, those items will remain inaccessible until the nest is no longer active. If the bird is a sensitive/listed species, sometimes this may extend to the area next to the site as well. We consistently monitor for nesting birds during nesting season. This includes surveys of active or soon to be active East County AWP work areas.
Besides birds, there are a wide variety of other species found within and around the East County AWP construction zones. This includes rodents, rabbits, coyotes, lizards, snakes and turtles. There are biological monitors around the sites that have led to the rescue and relocation of some of these animals. It’s required that crew members attend environmental training before beginning work in the field. This training discusses sensitive habitats and what to do if an animal is spotted within the work zone.
Please enjoy these photos taken in and around the East County AWP Program construction sites.
Interesting fact: Raptors use the same nest year after year.