NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - An organization is working to keep eagles at Norfolk's Botanical Garden. The safety of the eagles has been called into question due to the garden's proximity to the Norfolk International Airport. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommended the eagles be relocated.
"We've put a group together called Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Alliance and it's worldwide," Eagle Alliance coordinator Carol Senechal said.
Senechal and her group are circulating petitions and asking people to send letters in support of the eagle nest at the garden. The letters have been directed for the most part to the media and Norfolk City Council.
However, Norfolk city officials have listened to the USDA's advice to maintain both public safety and the safety of the eagles by removing their nests.
"Because of the strike record and the activity of eagles near the nest we recommended removal of the nest and enhanced harassment at the airport," Scott Barras with USDA Wildlife Services said.
Norfolk resident Ellis James has kept journals on the eagles since they began nesting at the Botanical Garden 10 years ago. He says there are other ways to protect the public and the eagles.
"No presentation was made regarding MERLIN Radar and its ability to help protect birds and raptors especially in the garden area," James said.
There are more than 100 MERLIN Bird Radar Systems in use worldwide and according to the manufacturer, they have a proven record in reducing bird strikes.
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