Ottawa Bluesfest hatching plans after Killdeer nests at site of main stage

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, June 25, 2018

Call it Bluesnest.

Organizers of the 24th annual RBC Bluesfest are awaiting word from Environment Canada and the National Capital Commission on what to do with a family of killdeer that has made its home at what’s supposed to be the summer music festival’s main grounds.

Options include relocating the nest or gathering the eggs and having experts such as those at the Wild Bird Care Centre incubate them until they hatch, Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan said Monday morning in a briefing for reporters.

If neither of those options is approved, the festival will find some way to accommodate the bird, but Monahan offered his assurance that the festival will go on as planned.

Dealing with a bird’s nest is a first for Monahan

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