Start A Petition

Petition | Netting Under Bridge Violates Migratory Bird Treaty

Environment  (tags: migratory birds, migratorybirdtreaty, federalmigratorybirdtreaty, killingbirds )

- 1840 days ago -
CALTRANS... violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty which forbids the killing of migratory birds. Sadly, the agencies tasked with enforcing this law have chosen to "look into it" instead of requiring the removal of the netting, killing nesting birds

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Barbara T (431)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:25 pm
The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) has placed exclusion netting underneath the Petaluma River Bridge. The purpose of the netting is to stop migratory Cliff Swallows from nesting at a site they have flown 6000 miles to reach. A site where they have nested for generations. The birds become caught in the netting and die a slow death as they struggle to get free. The subcontractor, C.C. Myers, Inc., who put up the netting, and CALTRANS, are violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty which forbids the killing of migratory birds. Sadly, the agencies tasked with enforcing this law have chosen to "look into it" instead of requiring the removal of the netting while a new solution is worked on. Over 200 birds are known dead, as of April 29, 2013. Many more have died and not been counted because every night the C.C. Myers company uses a "snooper" truck to send its workers out over the Petaluma River, up 100', to remove the bodies and reattach the netting. This is destruction of evidence in a criminal case that they should be charged with. We demand that CALTRANS TAKE DOWN THE NETS NOW! Watching a bird struggling in a net, while surrounded by its dead flock mates, is a heart wrenching sight, and an act of animal cruelty, in addition to the violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty. All attempts to contact CALTRANS have been met with a wall of silence, our enforcement agencies, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and US Fish & Wildlife Service have the power to make this stop and have chosen not to do so. We demand an end to the killing of these beautiful birds who benefit all of us by their copious consumption of flying insects, such as mosquitoes.

Click here for wildlife photographer George Eade's documentation of trapped and dying birds.

James Merit (144)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:09 pm

Angel W (238)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:56 pm
Noted, signed and shared

Anders Jonsson (0)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:57 pm
Thank You!

Emma S (239)
Friday May 10, 2013, 1:15 am
Done! Thank you.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday May 10, 2013, 2:01 am
signed, thnx.

Veronique L (209)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:40 am
Noted & signed thanks BMutiny!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 10, 2013, 4:04 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 10, 2013, 5:50 am
S+S,thx BM!

Christeen A (368)
Friday May 10, 2013, 6:12 am

Barbara T (431)
Friday May 10, 2013, 7:16 am
Caltrans, USFWS, California Department of Fish & Wildlife:
Take down the bird-killing netting under the Petaluma River Bridge!
Petition by
Maggie Rufo
Novato, CA

By the way, many of you will recognize the bird in the picture as a Kingfisher - definitely not a migratory Cliff Swallow!
But a very beautiful bird.....
[Sorry, I had no really good picture of Cliff Swallows at the moment...]

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 10, 2013, 9:09 am
with 6,624 supporters
3,376 NEEDED
Thank you Barbara! Ignorance and evil at work again.. so sad!

Barbara T (431)
Friday May 10, 2013, 10:15 am
It's particularly awful when it's MIGRATORY birds -
that means that other areas can do everything possible for Conservation, have concerned Citizenry {the most important part!} and excellent laws & regulations in place, proper enforcement of those laws & regulations -
and, in the case of MIGRATORY species, just ONE selfish uncaring idiot bunch can RUIN IT FOR THE WHOLE WORLD!!! Even driving a species to Extinction...

Please pass on this Petition, in the case of Migratory species {and Whales also migrate around the Globe, don't forget!}, good Environmental Stewardship in just ONE area, isn't going to be enough...!!!!!

. (0)
Friday May 10, 2013, 10:34 am
Signed and Noted.

Kevin A (64)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:01 am
Noted & signed

Pamela W (75)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:16 am
Noted !! Signed and commented !! Heads must roll for this atrocity !!!

SuSanne P (193)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:32 am
Thanks for signing. Thank you BMutuny!

Isa Villanen (44)
Friday May 10, 2013, 12:35 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thanks!
We need all the birds we have. They each have a task to do in their ecosystems and habitats.

Ellen m (215)
Friday May 10, 2013, 2:05 pm
Signed and shared Barbara..
and if you need help moving some furniture around call me! ♥

Robert O (12)
Friday May 10, 2013, 2:27 pm
Signed. Thanks.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Friday May 10, 2013, 2:46 pm
signed and noted,ty

. (0)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:02 pm
A federal agency actually doing its job....what a contradiction.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:08 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Melody Long (1)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:14 pm
Signed and noted, thank you.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday May 10, 2013, 3:44 pm

Winn A (179)
Friday May 10, 2013, 6:21 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Friday May 10, 2013, 7:26 pm
Had already signed this one but thanks for giving it more promotion.

Fran F (118)
Friday May 10, 2013, 7:40 pm
Noted, commented, signed and shared. Thanks, B.

Susanne R (235)
Friday May 10, 2013, 8:38 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks, Barbara!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:13 pm

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 4:18 am

Ana Lopes (92)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 5:05 am
Already signed

lee e (114)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 5:53 am
Signed and noted - thanks BMutiny

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:35 am
Signed and noted thanks

. (0)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:40 am
Already signed that one. Thanks for sharing.

David Johnson (13)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 8:36 am
Signed and Noted! Thanks Barbara for the heads up!

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 11:48 am

Victoria P (279)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 1:37 pm

Barbara T (431)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 2:33 pm
PLEASE take the time & trouble to FLAG
Kethy H., on Friday May 10th.
That is nothing but a STINKING AD, of the type that unfortunately INFESTS Care2 too often!!!!!
"Flag as inappropriate" is on the far-right side. You will get a message that Care2 staff will look into it.
They are SPAM, and they are DECEPTIVE - there is no "product" there, they JUST WANT YOUR INFO so that they can RE-SELL IT.
They have SNEAKY WAYS of getting your info, too!
So, these STINKING ADS are not "harmless". And, these are of course NOT "real" Care2 members, it's no use "talking" to them or even looking for their "profiles". These are workers PAID BY A COMPANY to sneak into VULNERABLE PLACES wherever they can. They are paid for each "hit", like the one above.
PLEASE STOP THESE SPAM ADS BY FLAGGING THEM EACH TIME. It just takes a moment of your time! All of Care2 benefits if you do this!!!

Sherri G (128)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:49 am
Noted and Signed. Happy Mothers Day and Thank You for sharing this petition with us.

Cynthia D (340)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:02 am

Andrs Yokers (6)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:34 am
Remove the netting! No good reason for it to be there in the first place!

Eternal G (745)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:58 pm
Signed and noted!

David C (131)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 5:50 pm
done, thanks.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thank you Barbara, this breaks my heart as I am the bird lady after all.

John B (185)
Friday May 17, 2013, 3:59 am
Thanks for posting the link. Signed and noted.
"Signed with 6,789 supporters."

Wendy yukihiro (63)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 3:28 pm
Thankyou Barbara I just love those lovely little birds.. it just breaks my heart I love all birds. Wendy

Ellen m (215)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:15 am
Signed and shared, thanks for the heads up Barbara!

Marty H (119)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:48 am
Signed, thanks!
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Environment

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.