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Birds have left the nest; construction to resume

Posted: July 26, 2012 5:53 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2012 5:53 p.m.


More than a month after the county halted construction on a new visitors center at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area because of nesting birds on the site, county officials announced Thursday the work would resume because the birds have left their nests.

In early June, county officials halted construction on the site and called off plans for art-making workshops with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Civic Arts Program after two house finch nests were discovered.

Neither nest could be disturbed until the eggs hatched and the young birds could fly, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act designed to protect certain bird species from destruction during the mating season.

A 100-foot buffer zone was also established to make sure the birds weren’t disturbed while they were raising their young.

Now that the birds have left the nest, the free workshop to help build a time capsule sculpture for the Vasquez Rocks site will be held Aug. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to arts officials.

Participants will be able to bring small objects such as coins to be included in the rammed-earth sculpture.

Area residents who want to participate in designing the sculpture should contact or 323-913-0915 to register and get location details.




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