Virginia offers new migratory bird-protection plans

Virginia offers new migratory bird-protection plans
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said Friday that officials will create a new nesting habitat for the birds by preparing an artificial island adjacent to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. (Source: Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are announcing plans to create a new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds that lost their nesting site when it was paved over by crews working on a state tunnel expansion project.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said Friday that officials will create a new nesting habitat for the birds by preparing an artificial island adjacent to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and take other steps to protect migratory birds.

Northam’s administration said the state was acting because of the Trump administration’s new interpretation of a federal law that removes some protections for more than 1,000 migratory bird species.

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