January 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WITH EAGLES SAFE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND GETTING READY FOR NESTING SEASON EAGLE ON ALLIANCE ENDS TWO-YEAR OLD LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Norfolk, Virginia – With recent developments looking up for the Norfolk Bald Eagles, Eagle on Alliance (EOA) has decided to end its lawsuit against the federal government that it has vigorously fought for the last two and a half years. As EOA explained in a filing today with the Judge presiding over the case:
1) EOA was recently able to confirm that the Norfolk Bald Eagles that are the subject of this lawsuit have moved out of the Norfolk Botanical Garden and have built a nest on private property beyond the reach of the federal agencies;
2) Because the eagles have relocated, the City of Norfolk and Defendant USDA-Wildlife Services have ceased destroying nests at the Norfolk Botanical Garden;
3) EOA has also learned that clearly as a result of EOA’s lawsuit, the Norfolk International Airport has now hired a full-time person to detect and deter birds, including bald eagles, from the runways at the Airport; and
4) The most recent permit that EOA challenged has now expired.
With such stunning developments – the Norfolk Eagles are safe and nesting, and the Airport is doing more to avoid collisions between planes and wildlife – there is no reason for EOA to continue to press its lawsuit which essentially sought the same results.
“The eagles themselves accomplished most of our goals by finding a safe place to nest beyond the reach of those who tried so desperately to harm them in the name of Airport safety,” said EOA president and founder, Carol Senechal. “It has always been our contention that the problem with eagle strikes at the Airport resulted from a failed wildlife mitigation plan at the airport itself.
After two more eagle strikes in 2014, the Airport transferred an employee to full-time wildlife mitigation duties in April, “Senechal continued. “We are cautiously optimistic and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
EOA’s mission continues – to keep the “Norfolk Botanical Garden” eagles safe from harm. We will continue to monitor the situation and do all that is necessary to ensure that these eagles remain safe.
The Judge immediately granted the order dismissing the case “without prejudice” – meaning that EOA can bring another action in the future if necessary to protect these eagles.
Recent photo of the eagles show that they are safe and sound in their new nest. (Photo courtesy of Mike Inman)