Such wonderful news! the Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle pair are safe and nesting on private land. I know many of you have followed the saga of the Norfolk Botanical Garden eagles, a past and much loved eaglecam location. For the past couple of years the eagles were harassed and any attempt to build a nest torn down. As a result of the destructive harassment, a group of dedicated eagle lovers came together to form the non-profit group Eagle On Alliance and filed a lawsuit to stop the Fish and Wildlife Service and others from continuing to destroy nests and harass the eagles in the garden. It became apparent that the airport is not doing what it should to mitigate wildlife hazards and it seems clear to everyone but the authorities that ‘discouraging’ the eagles from nesting in the garden was a short-sighted solution to any perceived problem. Happily, we now know that the eagle pair have found a place to nest on private land, which brings a huge sigh of relief, but the lawsuit continues in pursuit of keeping the eagles safe in the long term. I have copied the first paragraph of the press release below, and then a link to the full release and website where you can learn more about the Eagle On Alliance group and the efforts.
From the Eagle On Alliance press release:
“Eagle On Alliance announced today that the famous Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) bald eagles appear to be safe and sound with a nest outside of the Norfolk Botanical Garden where they have nested since 2003. Having endured two years of nest destruction and harassment by the federal “Wildlife Services,” the NBG eagles have wisely chosen to build a new nest on private property where they cannot be disturbed. The new nest is on property not open to the public and to protect the eagles from further harassment, the location will not be disclosed. ” full press release can be read here: http://www.eagleonalliance.com/nbg-eagles-find-new-place-nest-outside-garden/