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CATTLE EGRETS AND NIGHT HERONS
Egrets and Night Herons have created nesting sites in Copperfield for the last 5 year shutting down pools, mailboxes & creating havoc in our neighborhood. The Egrets and Night Herons WILL be returning in February!! Prevention is Crucial - Egrets, herons and other migratory birds are protected by Federal International Treaty, it’s illegal for residents to harass or harm the birds once they lay eggs. Residents will need to band together and drive them out of our neighborhood for the next several years. Preventing the birds from building nests on residential property or in our parks is key. Use these tactics between now and February. Trim your trees and remove dead wood, these birds favor oak trees and other hardwoods but will nest in other mature trees as well. Trim your tree canopy to allow sunlight between limbs and other nearby trees; experts say this is the MOST effective step. Remove any old inactive nests in your trees. This is the only opportunity homeowners have to scare the birds away and to disrupt the cycle. Any home with mature trees is a potential nesting site.
- Visual deterrents - Hang aluminum pie plates, Mylar balloons, beach balls with shiny streamers or other moving objects in large trees.
- Noisemakers - Pump-style air horns, whistles, clappers and even children’s toys are effective. Make as much noise as possible aimed at the bird.
- Bright lights - High-intensity flashlights, strobe lights, flashing holiday lights can be effective.
- Water sprayers - Power sprayers and pump-style toy water shooters can help. Homemade PVC pipe sprayers can help reach tall tree limbs.
- Pool poles - Telescoping pool safety poles can be used to reach and remove early nesting material.
- Any Non-lethal devices.
Check trees daily and remove the start of any nest quickly. Once birds begin sitting on the nest, eggs are probably present and birds cannot be harassed. If you have not yet taken action to prevent nesting on your property, please do so now!
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL REQUIREMENTS
All Villages in Copperfield have a requirement in their governing documents that any exterior change, such as (but not limited to), new roofing, fencing, siding or paint, changes to the landscaping (more major changes such as adding or removing beds or trees), adding a patio/patio cover, installing a shed or swimming pool, and installing play equipment, be submitted for prior approval by the Association's Architectural Review Committee (ARC). You can find more details on this on your individual community page or in the printed newsletter.
Trash pickup days are Tuesdays and Fridays and recycling is collected on Tuesday. Please have waste ready for collection no later than 7am. Residents may purchase a trash receptacle from any hardware store but recycling bins may be requested from WCA at 281-766-1914.
All Residents must have an account with WCA for trash pickup. If you do not have an account with WCA, your trash will not be picked up. WCA bills on a quarterly basis.
Some villages have collection at the curb only and others have collection of household waste at the garage door. You can find details on that on your community page or website. Recycling, heavy trash and landscape debris are curbside only.
In order to keep the neighborhood appealing to potential buyers, increase curb appeal and deter vandalism we ask that trash be placed at the curb no earlier than the evening before scheduled pick up and trash cans and recycling bins be removed the same day. If you have lawn service, please request the lawn clippings to be hauled away or have them placed in a location that cannot be seen from the street. If your service is unable to accommodate the request, you can ask that they maintain the yard on a Monday or Thursday so that the clippings are only on the curb for one afternoon.