Eagle Cam fans to flock to Norfolk council meeting tonight

Eagle Cam fans to flock to Norfolk council meeting tonight

Eagle Cam fans to flock to Norfolk council meeting tonight

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 5:33 PM

NORFOLK -- Nearly two dozen people have signed up to speak out against the imminent move of three eagle nests at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

They'll present petitions with hundreds of signatures to keep the nests up at Tuesday night's Council meeting.

They'll have at least one member who agrees.

"We are making a rash decision on something that has no guarantee," believes Councilman Tommy Smigiel.

Federal, state and local wildlife officials said one complete nest and two partial nests need to be removed because of the danger to wildlife and aircraft coming and going from nearby Norfolk International Airport. The FAA cited concerns about four bald eagles being struck by aircraft in the last 10 years. The USDA identified bald eagles as "an extremely high" hazard risk to aircraft.

The city has applied for state and federal permits to remove the nests before nesting season begins in the next few months.

Smigiel would like to delay the removal of the nests for a year to look at options to save the eagles and the flying public, like a radar system to warn planes.

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