It seems Norfolk is determined to remove eagles’ nests at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. But they really need to slow down and figure out whether this is the best course of action.
I live very close to the garden and I’ve come to enjoy the variety of wildlife that such proximity provides. Nearly every night, I see raccoons, possum and foxes. (Earlier this year, there was a mother and three baby foxes who played in my yard.) I’ve also seen a variety of waterfowl and birds. (I will never forget the day I saw a brown pelican dive into Lake Whitehurst, on which my property borders.) I imagine this is what living in the country is like, except I’m within city limits.
My premise has always been that these animals were here before I got here, so I need to know how to co-exist with them. The same is true for the eagles. The airport needs to figure out how to co-exist with them.
Besides, removing the nests won’t solve the problem. The eagles will come back and make new nests. Norfolk has plans to remove those nests as well.
But there are other concerns, as this letter writer points out.
For what it’s worth, despite living so close to the garden, I’ve never seen the eagles, except on the eagle cam. On the other hand, I’ve had 40 or 50 Canada geese in my backyard at times. Seems to me they are a greater threat to the aircraft.
Norfolk should not make a hasty decision here. And I find their ideas for trying to keep them away abhorrent.