Bald Eagle Preservation Documentary

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Raised by 35 people in 18 months
Since the bald eagle was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2007, it has still suffered great losses through habitat depletion and poisoning by toxic substances. There have also been many uncharged violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA). The Protection Act was put in place in 1940 to offer the birds greater protections because of their status as our National Symbol.

In April 2015, a nest still frequented by eagles was removed in Virginia Beach for a $30 million commercial and residential development project. In January 2016, a new homeowner, also in Virginia Beach, ordered a tree service to cut down a tree containing an active nest to the horror of onlooking neighbors. No fines or jail time were imposed.

In July of 2016, a developer built two large warehouses in Manassas, Virginia, within four feet of an active nest. They violated the August 1 start date (end of nesting season) as early as April with soil sampling that forced the two adult eagles to temporarily abandon their eaglets. No permits, buffers, signs, or any protections were allotted to the eagles during the course of the entire construction project. Now they must attempt to successfully breed and raise young with large trucks loading and unloading just twenty feet away.

Even in Eagle, Idaho, named after our Nation’s bird, a conservation group is struggling to protect an active nest from developers. This is happening in towns all across our great nation.

“Who’s Protecting Our National Bird?” will place a bright spotlight on the challenges still facing our Nation's Bird. Though bald eagles have had a comeback since the insecticide DDT was banned in 1972, their populations have only grown to about one-tenth of the more than 500,000 birds estimated to have called North America home in the 1700s. Because it is our National Bird—a symbol used on money, on our military emblems, and in many businesses (including our U.S. Postal Service)—we believe protections must be increased, and enforced, until we have reached a more sustainable and noticeable population. Many Americans have never seen a bald eagle in the wild.

Your contributions will help cover travel costs, production, music licensing, editing, and more to make this quality film, which will be produced by Telly award-winning filmmaker, Victor Rook. For more information check out http://baldeaglefilm.com and join the Bald Eagle Preservation Group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/baldeaglefilm.
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Great News! Our documentary is already helping to save eagles and it's still in post-production. I shared the trailer and pertinent emails to the Mayor and City Council of Cape Coral, Florida last week before their crucial June 4, 2018 vote to maintain their unprecedented 1100-foot construction buffers. By a vote of 7-1, they declined to change that ordinance to the lesser 660-foot federal guideline. You can read about it in my recent blog post at http://baldeaglefilm.blogspot.com/2018/06/manassas-debacle-helps-save-florida.html.

We are still short about $3400 from our $8000 goal, when you combine GoFundMe, PayPal, and personal check/cash donations. So please spread the word!

Victor
June 4th Vote of Cape Coral Ordinance
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Cheryl Anderson
1 month ago

The City of Cape Coral City Council voted 7-1 last night to retain one of the strictest bald eagle ordinances in Florida. The effort to keep the strict ordinance was lead by the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife. A non profit organization dedicated to protect all of the native wildlife in our city, including the threatened burrowing owl and endangered gopher tortoise. Please include our city in your documentary as a strong supporter of the bald eagle. Our mayor, Joe Coviello was a major influence on this decision.

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Jeff Miller
2 months ago

I wonder why the BGEPA isn't being enforced? Was enforcement lacking before the current administration took over?

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Tom Arceneaux
8 months ago

We have to support our national bird. All the challenges to their survival were caused by us.

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Cheryl Anderson
1 month ago

The City of Cape Coral City Council voted 7-1 last night to retain one of the strictest bald eagle ordinances in Florida. The effort to keep the strict ordinance was lead by the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife. A non profit organization dedicated to protect all of the native wildlife in our city, including the threatened burrowing owl and endangered gopher tortoise. Please include our city in your documentary as a strong supporter of the bald eagle. Our mayor, Joe Coviello was a major influence on this decision.

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