A bit of bird poop was too much for the U.S. Postal Service in Oakland, California, so arrangements were made with Campos Tree Service to conduct a drastic pruning operation on nearby ficus trees that held the nests and the nestlings of Black-Crowned Night Herons.
Many nestlings were killed or grievously injured in falls when tree branches were hacked away, and some were fed into a wood chipper. The U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act states quite clearly that nests are to remain undisturbed during baby season.
Both the tree-trimming contractor and the U.S. Postal Service in Oakland are disclaiming responsibility for this heinous act. Please see to it that they are held accountable.