Tree trimming operation in Oakland kills birds

(AP)

Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating a tree-trimming operation in Oakland that witnesses say sent baby birds into a wood chipper.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1o6Y3iQ) that horrified onlookers called police on Saturday, as crews ground up black-crowned night heron bird chicks that were nesting in trees being trimmed in the downtown area.

Police stopped the work. State and federal officials are now investigating because the nest destruction may have violated the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The work was being done by a company called Campos Tree Service at the request of the U.S. Postal Service. Postal officials were concerned about birds defecating on mail trucks.

Joe Campos, a supervisor with Campos, said the crew was new and didn’t know the baby birds were in there.

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