Eagle On Alliance was founded on October 14, 2012 and is dedicated to keeping the Bald Eagles that formerly resided at Norfolk Botancal Garden safe from ANY harm. This group was formed to share ideas, research, updates and calls for action related to the plight of the NBG eagles.
On October 1, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an Eagle Nest Take permit to the City of Norfolk, Virginia to remove the bald eagles’ nests at Norfolk Botanical Garden. On November 14, 2013, the City of Norfolk received a new Purposeful Eagle Take for Safety/Eagle Take permit that allows the City to continue to harass the eagles and remove nests through October 31, 2014.
The male eagle (Dad Norfolk) had made the Garden his home for the past eleven years. His mate of nine years was killed when a plane landed on her when she dropped a fish at the foot of a runway at nearby Norfolk International Airport. The male found another mate (The Missus) and they attempted to continue their lives in the Garden.
The eagles were labeled an immediate threat to life and property by the City of Norfolk even though there have been only four eagle strikes at the airport in the past 20 years and only one, the NBG female, had ties to the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The eagles were being harassed with paintball guns, pyrotechnics, loud noises, and bright lights, just to name a few methods the USDA used to get them out of THEIR Garden.
Beginning on October 4, 2012, the City of Norfolk ordered the removal of nine eagle’s nests and yet our eagles continued to build in the Garden. In addition, a transient bald eagle was struck and killed on the main runway at Norfolk International on January 28. 2014 and another in April 2014. Clearly these methods are not working. The airport is not doing its job to keep the runways clear and the flying public safe. If the airport was serious about keeping the flying public safe, it would use all methods ON AIRPORT PROPERTY to keep wildlife away.
In July, 2014, Dad Norfolk and his new mate relocated to private property north of the Garden on Lake Whitehurst. They successfully raised and fledged one eaglet (known as Wilson) in 2015. Sadly, Dad’s new mate was killed on January 6, 2016 at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. She likely flew into something. No planes were involved.
As Dad Norfolk starts again to find a new mate, we must be vigilant in our fight to protect him. His nest is still close the airport and he still occasionally frequents the Garden.
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