Migratory Birds in Plano

Migratory birds such as egrets and herons are commonly seen in Texas. These birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, so City staff can’t address any challenges they bring such as noise or odor. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the best way to prevent the establishment of a nesting site is through early detection and public awareness. If detected early, before any nesting activity has begun, these birds can be deterred from establishing themselves in a park with various scaring methods recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Migratory Birds Treaty Act

What Can You Do?

Help prevent the establishment of nesting sites for migratory birds:

  • Learn what egrets and other migratory birds look like.
  • Ensure trees are trimmed and create separation between tree canopies.
  • Help your neighbors look out for potential nesting spots.
  • As soon as you see birds on or near your property, begin using scare tactics such as noisemakers, water spray or lights.


Once an egg is found in a nest, the site becomes protected under federal law and everyone, including City staff, is prohibited from interfering or harassing the birds. The best way to reduce environmental impact of these nests is to prevent the birds from establishing a nest.