Updated 1:57 p.m. ET, June 26 with a statement from the Canadian government.
Organizers of Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest, which describes itself as "the Canadian version of Bonnaroo, Coachella, and/or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival," are refusing to separate a family of birds that has nested near its festival site, preventing the construction of its main stage.
"The fact of the matter is that, without sounding righteous, we want to do the most humane thing," AJ Sauve, the festival's communications director, told NPR.
The festival, which is expecting to draw 100,000 music fans from July 5-15, has received the go-ahead to relocate the eggs some time Tuesday.
"We've seen it all — you name it, we've seen it," Sauve said. "This one here, this is a new one." Sauve added that he and his team have become amateur ornithologists over the past two days.