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What does ‘bird sanctuary’ on the Leland town limit sign mean?

Leland's bird sanctuary status doesn't protect crows, pigeons, starlings or English sparrows. Bigstock photo

Leland’s bird sanctuary status doesn’t protect crows, pigeons, starlings or English sparrows. Bigstock photo

Q. The town limit welcoming sign to Leland says, “bird sanctuary.” What is the meaning of this?

A. According to Niel Brooks, Leland director of parks and recreation, the N.C. state legislature allows municipalities to pass an ordinance declaring themselves bird sanctuaries. The town of Leland first did this in 1990.

Chapter 6 of Leland’s Code of Ordinances:

Sec. 6-1. – Protection of birds; town declared bird sanctuary.

The territory embraced within the corporate limits of the town is declared to be a bird sanctuary.

Sec. 6-2. – Killing or injuring birds.

It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, kill, maim, injure or trap any birds in the town or to destroy, rob or molest the eggs or nests and breeding places of any birds within the town. This section shall not be construed to protect any bird classified as predatory by the wildlife resources commission or by state law or to protect pigeons, crows, starlings or English sparrows.


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