Westcliff NA Thanks ...
Judith Sherer: shared a flyer about current real estate conditions in Fort Worth - numbers seem to indicate that housing may again lead the country out of recession. Read more.
Kala Sloan and Billie Rudd: for introducing us to Nextdoor.com - a neighborhood networking site intended to help neighbors get to know one another. Nextdoor.com is like Facebook, Angie's List, Community Policing updates, city notifications, etc. all in one place. Also remember to check out the Recovering Accessories & Property Identification System (RAPIDS).
Officer Charles Gonzalez for encouraging public safety by getting to know your neighbors. Crime is much easier to spot when you know who belongs and who does not. He reminds our neighbors to remove or hide all personal items and lock your vehicle. Student vehicles can often be an easy target.
◊ EGRET ALERT ◊
Egrets are beautiful birds. Egrets are federally protected. Egrets are undesirable neighbors. Egrets and the byproduct of their presence is a serious concern for property owners and the city of Fort Worth. The city recently held a public meeting about Egrets. The information that follows comes from that meeting as reported by a neighbor who attended the meeting.
The message from the city about this problem was frightening and I’m sure that is what was intended.
Here are a couple of websites with more information:
This is a YouTube video of the noise of the birds in Carrolton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsH4t6kaxWI
Here are my take aways:
1) If the folks in Tanglewood are successful in making the birds uncomfortable enough to find a new nesting site, the new nesting site could very well be up the hill (i.e. Westcliff and Westcliff West)
2) The time to discourage the birds starts in mid-February when they start to roost.
3) The birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 which makes it unlawful to kill the birds or disturb their nests once they have laid an egg. (It is okay to harass them while they are roosting and to destroy a nest prior to an egg being laid.)
4) Time between nest building and egg laying can be as short as 2 days.
5) Best way to discourage a roosting site is to trim trees to just under 75% canopy.
Here’s how you can help:
I’d like to get our neighborhood motivated to get trees trimmed (by a certified arborist) and start a neighborhood watch for the beginnings of a roost. Nancy Carefoot has been put on the agenda for the neighborhood association meeting in January, 2013. I’d like to re-activate block captains and find out who is ready to start a watch for roosting/nest building.