Ridley has no doubt there will be swallows under those bridges. If the nesting schedule of the birds bumps up against the work schedule of the highway crews, then costly delays are likely. “That to me is unacceptable,” he told the World.
He's right, of course, but good luck trying to convince the feds — particularly this administration — of that. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says there's only a problem if birds are killed during a project. It advises states to plan ahead, and to remove nests before or after breeding season.
There's no permit needed to do that. Perhaps that'll cheer Ridley up a bit. If not, who could blame him?