Help Us Save the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles and Their Home
Join us for a Gathering of Hope and Solidarity
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 5 p.m., Norfolk Botanical Garden
Norfolk, Virginia – We respectfully requested that the City of Norfolk delay the removal of the Bald Eagles’ nests at Norfolk Botanical Garden by at least one year until further research could be done – research that included accurate information about these eagles, their nests, their behavior and the actual threat the Norfolk eagles pose to airport safety – research that included more than just graphic photos and scare tactics that were presented council by the USDA and DGIF.
So far, we have provided City Council and the City Managers with alternative methods of providing airport safety, wildlife data strike information at ORF, and many pages of other helpful information plus many requests for meetings to provide this information. All have been ignored or denied. But mostly ignored.
We have learned about harassment techniques that might be used to scare the eagles out of the Garden that include paintball guns that with a direct hit most certainly will kill an eagle. But the USDA and DGIF have promised “they will try not to kill them.” They will be using pyrotechnics that are flammable and explosive – and some of which contain carcinogens which may be shot into Lake Whitehurst, one of Norfolk’s water supplies.
We are continuing our journey to save this nest and these eagles and it is a journey that includes local, regional, national and worldwide communities. The world is indeed watching what happens here in Norfolk.
Please join us at Norfolk Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5 p.m. for a Gathering of Hope and Solidarity. The invitation is below. I will be there to answer any questions you may have. I have attached a hi-res copy of our graphic and my comments to City Council dated September 11, 2012 that include all the data in detail regarding the concerns mentioned above.
The Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Alliance is in no way affiliated with Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, VA. Any views or opinions presented here are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Virginian-Pilot coverage of EOA’s gathering:
Supporters rally for Norfolk Botanical Garden eagles
“The meeting, dubbed A Gathering of Hope and Solidarity, is an effort to show support for the eagles. The group is opposed to the removal of the eagles from the garden.”
“Some wore T-shirts with images of eagles. Others carried signs that read, “Eagle on!” No matter the method, the message was the same: Leave the eagles alone.”
The event was sponsored by the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Alliance, which is not affiliated with the garden. Members of the alliance want city officials to delay the removal of the bald eagles’ nests at the garden for at least a year, until more research is done and other options studied.”
WAVY TV 10 coverage of Walk for Hope and Solidarity
“Dozens marched quietly through the garden with supportive signs and shirts in an attempt to get city officials to wait at least one year and research other options. The city has applied for a permit from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to allow for nest removal.”
“Norfolk City Councilman Thomas Smigiel attended Saturday’s rally. He said the nest was a big draw for the Norfolk Botanical Garden, and the garden stands to lose money if city leaders refuse to step back and look at the bigger picture.” Almost 500 bird strikes at Norfolk airport, and only two of them were eagles,” said Smigiel. “There are other things that could help solve all bird strikes that are happening over here, and they’re not even considering this.”Smigiel says the other council members do not seem concerned by citizen complaints about the nest removal”
WVEC coverage of Walk for Hope and Solidarity
“The battle is still flying high to save the eagle nests at Norfolk Botanical Garden”
WVBT coverage of Walk of Walk for Hope and Solidarity
“A group of eagle lovers flocked to the Norfolk Botanical Garden Saturday in another attempt to save the bird’s nest. Dozens marched quietly through the garden with supportive signs and shirts in an attempt to get city officials to wait at least one year and research other options. The city has applied for a permit from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to allow for nest removal.”
Photos of Walk for Hope and Solidarity courtesy of Linda Vetter