Unceded Coast Salish Territories (BURNABY, BC) — A local Community Nest Finding Network confirmed suspicions on Sunday that an Anna's Hummingbird nest has been destroyed by Trans Mountain Canada.
The Crown corporation has been clearcutting the Brunette River Conservation Area in its construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline. Tree cutting and total removal of all vegetation has been happening quickly near the Brunette since the company was given the go-ahead to cut, despite not having permits from City of Burnaby. Heavy machines destroyed the trunk of the thin tree this hummingbird was nesting in.
"I was very sad to discover this loss" says Sara Ross, co-founder of the Community Nest Finding Network (CNFN). "These tiny and fierce birds symbolize hope for many people and cultures. To witness nests being directly threatened and damaged by a tar sands expansion project - endorsed by the Trudeau government - is a disgrace." She continues, "This is the third nest that has disappeared. It is nesting season for birds, Trans Mountain should not be cutting any trees."