Preparations for major Canadian music festival Bluesfest - which is held in Ottawa and averages more than 300,000 attendees - have been put on hold upon the discovery of an occupied bird's nest on site.
The killdeer is a nationally protected species, so organizers are unable to move forward, at risk of disturbing the bird and her four eggs.
Carleton University Naturalist Michael Runtz told CBC that even a slight displacement could prompt the mother to abandon her nest.
The species' eggs, which in this case lay at the intended site of a main stage, can take up to 28 days to hatch - while Bluesfest is set to begin next Thursday.
Organizers are seeking government approval to move the nest, but in the meantime have hired a security guard to ensure that the protected species remains protected.
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