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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