Norfolk International Airport Eagle Management Update Press Release
“On July 24, representatives from the USDA Wildlife Service (USDA-WS) briefed Council’s Communities and Public Safety committee on their Wildlife Hazard Assessment at the Norfolk International Airport and subsequent recommendation to the City, as landowner, to remove the bald eagle nests at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries provided information related to the status, ecology and population of bald eagles in Virginia.
Since then, the federal and state recommending agencies and the City, Norfolk International Airport and the Norfolk Botanical Garden have continued to work together to understand the recommendation. Based on the expert analysis and data given by the federal and state agencies and the concluding wildlife hazard assessment given by the federal agency, all of the parties agree with the recommendation to remove the three bald eagle nests at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
On August 14, 2012 the United States Department of Agriculture (Wildlife Services) conducted a demonstration of dispersal techniques to foster a better understanding of the mitigation steps necessary to discourage eagles from nesting.
All are concerned not only for the safety of the public but also for continued safety of the bald eagles. As such, the City, as landowner, filed for the necessary federal and state permits to remove the three bald eagle nests.”
Video of City Council meeting discussion of eagle issues.