NORFOLK – The same day WVEC.com launched the Eagle Cam for the 2012 season, officials with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries announced it has pulled its partnership with the Eagle Cam.
It has to do with safety concerns. A DGIF spokesperson says the nest, which is located inside the Norfolk Botanical Garden, is too close to Norfolk International Airport.
Last April, two eagles were hit and killed by airplanes. One of them was the adult female from the nest.
"As eagle populations have rebounded, we are seeing an increase in the rise of eagle/airplane strikes and the need to address this concern," Becky Gwynn of DGIF wrote in an e-mail.
Federal wildlife and airport safety officials are in the midst of discussions regarding the future of the nest, which is active.
Tuesday morning a pair of eagles was seen mating. There are no eggs yet.
DGIF's involvement with the Eagle Cam has been important, especially with highlighting the educational aspects which has raised awareness of the recovery of the bald eagle population in our region. Thousands of school children in Virginia and around the U.S. have watched the eagles in their classrooms and science teachers have used it as an educational tool.
DGIF helped make Eagle Cam possible by providing camera equipment when the project first started in 2006.
For now, WVEC.com will continue its Eagle Cam which has become world famous.