A Swallow Story

Alex Breitler’s Blog

Sierra Club advocate Nan Ballot was walking the levee along the Calaveras River a couple of weeks ago when she saw two people in a boat using a pole to knock down swallows’ nests underneath the Interstate 5 bridge.

“When I was pointing my camera at them they folded up the pole, tucked it into their boat and putted off,” she said.

Then, on Sunday, she walked past the same bridge and saw a different boat with a man, woman and child on board.

When Ballot got on her phone to report what she believed was illegal activity, the man floated over and said he’d been hired to remove the swallow’s nests in advance of construction work on the bridge, she said. Then he went back to work, while she watched in anger.

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