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Offline Faerie Gardener

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #480 on: July 04, 2013, 04:56:10 AM »
I am so glad to hear this. Thank you for keeping us informed.
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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #481 on: December 19, 2013, 07:33:14 AM »
http://hamptonroads.com/2013/12/norfolk-dismantles-eagle-nests-doubts-mount

recent article about continued removal of Dad Norfolk's nest.

http://hamptonroads.com/polls/should-norfolk-continue-remove-eagles039-nests-norfolk-botanical-garden

poll about the removal.  It appears to be an informal poll...but we have seen firsthand how public outcry can affect decisions.

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #482 on: December 19, 2013, 08:27:26 AM »
 Thanks for those links, Boodle.  That was nest #8 they just removed.  Was it in recent snowy owl articles that the statement was made that harassing birds near airports does not really work? Dad Norfolk certainly is not giving up. I only hope the "authorities" don't decide they need "stronger"  measures.

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #483 on: December 19, 2013, 10:15:21 AM »
Thank you, Boodle.  I just 'voted' in the poll.  If enough people get involved, sometimes it DOES make a difference!    :eclove
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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #484 on: December 19, 2013, 11:58:51 AM »
Thanks for the links Boodle.  A really sad and difficult situation.

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #485 on: December 19, 2013, 01:08:17 PM »
Thank you, Boodle. I appreciate having the ability to voice my opinion even if it isn't "official"- and I see that 90% of respondents voted "No. Good to know."
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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #486 on: December 19, 2013, 07:10:10 PM »
I voted too.  The first comment after the article made a lot of sense.  How is it safer when the eagles are still there?  Nest or no nest they are still present.  I love Dad Norfolks persistence!

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #487 on: December 23, 2013, 03:39:50 PM »
Not for the faint of heart.  As they continue to torment this pair.   :eccry
 
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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #488 on: January 29, 2014, 04:26:37 PM »
More bad news from the Norfolk Airport -  no word yet as to who the eagle that was killed by a landing airplane was.

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/bald-eagle-hit-plane-killed-norfolk-airport

Bald eagle hit by plane, killed at Norfolk airport

By Jillian Nolin
Patrick Wilson
The Virginian-Pilot
© January 29, 2014   

NORFOLK

A bald eagle was killed at Norfolk International Airport on Tuesday when a plane hit it while landing.

The eagle was on a runway about 8:30 a.m. and was hit by the landing gear of a U.S. Airways Express flight operated by Air Wisconsin, said Robert Bowen, the deputy executive director of the airport.

Airport firefighters use techniques to chase away eagles or wildlife that get close to runways, he said, but in this case, no one saw the eagle.

Bowen said he didn't know whether the eagle was male or female.

A female eagle was killed by a plane landing at the airport in 2011. Since the fall of October 2012, the city has contracted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division to remove eagle nests at nearby Norfolk Botanical Garden.


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The serious comments below the news article make very interesting reading, mostly they berate the airport for taking fookish rather than effective measures to keep planes, people, and birds safe.

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #489 on: January 29, 2014, 04:36:08 PM »
Oh no.   :eccry

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #490 on: January 29, 2014, 04:36:21 PM »
The Eagle On Alliance issued this press release (copied from their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkBotanicalGardenEagleAlliance)


ETA:   Just found that EOA has a new website:  http://www.eagleonalliance.com


January 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


ANOTHER BALD EAGLE STRUCK AND KILLED AT NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Norfolk, Virginia – Eagle On Alliance (EOA) is sad to announce that yet another bald eagle was struck and killed at the Norfolk International Airport (ORF).

Early Tuesday morning a bald eagle was struck and killed by a commercial aircraft approaching Runway 5 for landing. The eagle was struck and killed by the landing gear of the plane. There were no human injuries and the plane did not suffer any damage.

At the moment, EOA does not know whether this eagle is associated with the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) eagle pair. After numerous calls and emails to the Airport, the City of Norfolk and the agencies involved, no one will provide any information on the identity of this eagle.

This latest eagle strike is yet another example of Airport not doing enough to keep eagles and other large birds off the runways at ORF. On April 26, 2011 a female bald eagle nesting in Norfolk Botanical Garden (Mom Norfolk) was struck and killed by a plane’s landing gear at Norfolk Airport while she was sitting at the end of a runway eating a fish after staff at ORF failed to disperse her from their runway.

Airport records obtained by EOA under the Freedom of Information Act show that prior to the death of Mom Norfolk, ORF was only spending between $25,000 and $30,000 a year on wildlife dispersal efforts at the airport. These records also show that even after this incident, the Airport staunchly refused to increase its wildlife dispersal budget to anything over $40,000. However, even this small increase in funding for wildlife dispersal efforts has not been used to improve dispersal techniques at the Airport. Rather, those records demonstrate that all of the additional funding from the Airport has been used to fund the persistent nest removal and harassment of the eagle pair at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

To put this into perspective, other airports spent anywhere from $114,000 to $378,000 a year for effective wildlife dispersal efforts at the airport itself. These efforts almost always include a full-time employee whose sole job is to observe and disperse wildlife on the airport’s runways.

The Norfolk Airport has well over $150,000,000 in total assets. There is simply no excuse for the Norfolk Airport to refuse to increase its efforts on Airport property to disperse large birds when they are present on the runway. Instead of spending additional funds to insure the traveling public’s safety, the Airport has chosen to budget more than $11 million for cosmetic improvements to its lobby – including a huge skylight covering center court and marble wrapped columns. This most recent eagle death could have easily been avoided if the Norfolk Airport had a full-time employee looking for and dispersing birds. Other airports have full-time staff monitoring runways when planes are taking off and landing.

Norfolk International Airport has millions of dollars in assets and should be able to afford one full-time person and a pair of binoculars.

So long as the Norfolk Airport refuses to increase wildlife dispersal efforts at the Airport itself, the fate of the beloved Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle pair remains uncertain. The airport continues to fund nest removal and harassment these birds.

And if, in fact, the eagle that was killed Tuesday was one of the NBG pair, it only serves to further show that harassing the NBG pair for the past two years has been unsuccessful, to say the least. These eagles have been moving around the Airport looking for a safe place to build a nest. Yet, when they find a tree and built a nest, the nest is destroyed. This has happened eight times.

If the NBG eagle pair was simply left alone and their last nest not torn down last December they would have been in that nest and not flying near the airport searching for a new nest site. The harassment of these eagles has forced them to find another tree time and time again putting them in harm’s way. Indeed, the last nest removed was just 50 yards from Azalea Garden Road – almost a mile from the Norfolk Airport runway.

The idea that removing the nest of the NBG eagle pair will eliminate the risk of a wildlife strike at the Norfolk Airport is not supported by any evidence. If the Norfolk Airport was seriously concerned with bird strikes and passenger safety, it would increase funding for dispersal efforts at the Airport itself and not simply pay to harass one pair of bald eagles.

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #491 on: January 30, 2014, 09:33:26 PM »
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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #492 on: January 31, 2014, 04:43:57 PM »
Information from the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkBotanicalGardenEagleAlliance

*****FROM VDGIF*****IT WAS NOT DAD NORFOLK*******

"The various body measurements taken indicate that the bird was likely a female. We did compare the left eye to known images of the Norfolk male (which has a distinctive spot on its iris) and verified that it was not that bird. Although there was significant staining of the head and tail feathers, plumage characteristics indicate that it was a fully-adult bird, with no obvious brown spotting on the head or tail. No other obvious contributing factors to the cause of death were noted."

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #493 on: January 31, 2014, 05:58:14 PM »
This is a huge relief for the eagle on alliance. 

Still sad though for the lovely female eagle killed, and sadder yet that this airport funds the ripping down of Dad's nest but doesn't spend anything significant on airport maint with the birds.  Also....ripping down ONE eagles nest, clearly isn't helping, is it?  Talk about digging in, long after proven futile.  Just makes no sense.

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Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle webcam, Norfolk, Virginia
« Reply #494 on: January 31, 2014, 06:23:32 PM »
yes, Boo - huge relief for those of us who have followed Dad Norfolk and his family for many years now, but also tragic to lose a lovely female eagle in this miserable way.