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Empty nest: It’s Avila Beach, not avian beach

jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Archie Corpuz of Archie’s Aloha Pest Management stepped forward to solve a persistent problem of cliff swallows nesting in the eaves of the Avila Beach Community Center.

On Monday, his business installed nets to discourage the birds from building their mud nests on the center.

The Avila Beach Civic Association bought the nets for about $700, and Corpuz installed them for free.

The problem began when an unusually large number of swallows began nesting on the building, and their prolific droppings caused health and safety concerns.

Stephanie Little, an activist with the Morro Coast Audubon Society, became concerned when she learned that the nests were being washed away only to have the birds come back the next day and start nest-building all over again.

“These birds were expending a lot of energy for zero gain,” she said.

She proposed installing netting to force the birds to nest elsewhere.

But she learned that the job would cost between $3,000 to $4,000, mostly in labor, which was more than the civic association could afford.

“I came to Archie and voiced our concern and the immediate need to get the netting up,” Little said. “He said he would be happy to help.”

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