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Port Coquitlam posts signs as birds begin to nest along DeBoville Slough

Birds are starting to nest along DeBoville Slough a few weeks early, the city of Port Coquitlam reports.

Signs are up along the south side of the Deboville Slough to alert hikers and cyclists about the sensitive habitats along the Port Coquitlam trail.

Mayor Brad West said the notifications are to remind the public about the bird nesting window — from late March to mid-August — “although we’ve had some reports of active nests already,” he said.

Under the BC Wildlife Act and the federal Migratory Bird Convention Act, birds, eggs, nests and nest trees are protected.

The slough, which runs through the municipalities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, is one of the best places in the Tri-Cities to birdwatch as it attracts such species as the common yellowthroat, wood ducks and marsh wrens that nest in the shrubs along the watercourse.

“We are very lucky to have unparalleled access to nature and, with that, comes a responsibility to ensure we are protecting to these areas,” West said. “We encourage residents and their pets to enjoy these areas from pathways.”