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Published on Friday, February 22, 2019

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales’ statement: Egret eggs on Bird Island presents opportunity

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429


SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 22, 2019) – “The fact that a Cattle Egret on Bird Island at Elmendorf Lake has begun to lay eggs presents an opportunity to continue to gather input and study alternatives.


Because of wildlife protection laws, any effort to mitigate the overpopulation of birds will have to wait until the nestlings have hatched and matured. While this is still a serious and urgent issue, we now have several months to make sure that the plan to address the overpopulation thoroughly examines residents' ideas, while keeping the health and safety of our military flight crews and community members as the priority. My hope is that we find the best and most humane solution that also allows us to preserve the Westside's way of life.


One of our concerns is and always has been the health and safety of the Egret flock, which includes the danger that overpopulation poses to the flock itself.”


The City of San Antonio is currently developing a public input opportunity on and will notify residents upon its launch.