Migratory birds nests illegally removed from Ocean City hotel
By Kelli Steele

14 migratory bird nests that included 40 gull eggs are illegally removed from a hotel in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reports that the manager of the Comfort Inn on the OC boardwalk last month ordered maintenance staff to remove all bird nests from the roof.

According to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, for all but three species of migratory birds, house sparrows, pigeons and starlings, removal or disturbance of nests is a federal offense under the Migratory Bird Treaty.

Maryland Natural Resources Police say the hotel must now appear in court; it faces a $450 fine.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program officials tell the news paper that some of the eggs were hatching at the time they were removed from the roof and none of the removed birds survived.

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