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In Canada, suspended preparations for one of the largest music festivals because of the bird and its nest

The bird does not fly away from the construction site, and the breed is under the protection of the authorities and it is impossible to transfer the nest just like that.

A screaming zook at the festival site in Ottawa. CBC photo

Every July in Ottawa is the music festival Bluesfest – one of the largest in the country. But in 2018 the preparation for the event, headlined by the group Foo Fighters, was in jeopardy – all because of the bird found on the site of construction, guarding the eggs.

Workers stumbled on a bird of the breed, a loud screech on June 22: she nested the nest on the spot where the main scene was to be staged. The breed is not rare, but is under the protection of the Canadian government. This means that the transfer of the bird to another place is possible only if there is an official permit.

Before receiving a response from the authorities, the organizers of the Bluesfest can not conduct the main work. By June 26, the territory around the bird was fenced off, and a guard was guarded for her protection, which monitors the nest 24 hours a day. According to the executive director of the festival, if by June 27 they will not be given permission, then the beginning of the event will have to be moved. In 2018, Bluesfest bought tickets for almost 300 thousand people.


“This guard is hired to guard the bird’s nest at the festival. This is my favorite “Ottawa” thing ”
The screaming zuyk constantly protects the eggs, but can “give up” the unborn chicks, if they are transferred even for a few meters from it. The organizers still have two options – to move the eggs and nest to another place or wait until the chicks hatch. According to ornithologists, after that they fly away pretty quickly.

The official opening date of the festival is July 5. The organizers hope that they will manage to resolve the situation before this date. “This is one of the most difficult problems that I have faced recently,” said Bluesfest spokesman Mark Monahan.

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