Avila Beach could be named bird sanctuary

A bird's-eye view of Avila Beach.
A bird's-eye view of Avila Beach. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Avila Valley Advisory Council has voted to recommend that Avila Beach be designated a bird sanctuary to recognize the large number of cliff swallows that nest in the area each year.

In a letter signed by Chairman Jim Hartig of San Luis Bay Estates, the council recommended that the county Board of Supervisors designate Avila as a bird sanctuary in the Avila Beach Specific Plan.

The letter also recommends that there be a requirement for signs proclaiming the sanctuary status, but there would be no additional bird protection requirements beyond existing law. The proclamation would not apply to the Avila Valley or See Canyon areas.

It is now up to the Board of Supervisors to place the proclamation on their agenda for action, said Shirley Goetz, the Avila Beach resident who came up with the idea.