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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:57 pm 
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Bald eagles can stay put :leaves:
The bald eagles of Ridgefield Park appear to be safe from eviction for now.


A federal agency has rejected a developer's contention that the eagles' nest on a contaminated site in the village needed to be removed so that the site, which is slated for a major development, could be capped.

Eagles have used the nest for four years. It sits in a copse of cottonwood trees that grew on an old landfill in a corner of the property.

The developer had argued that capping the landfill — covering the contamination with clean fill — was necessary because the pollutants at the site posed an environmental risk to the eagles. But capping the site would also require cutting down the tree that holds the nest.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the developer's analysis was flawed and that the contamination poses little risk to the eagles.

"The risk doesn't warrant the nest to be cut down," said Steve Mars, a biologist in the agency's New Jersey office. "We're very excited the birds are there. This is the first eagle's nest in the Meadowlands for many centuries. We are trying to ensure they remain there despite the development pressures they're facing."

SkyMark Development Corp. of Paramus has proposed a mixed-use town center on the site that would include residential and retail space, along with a hotel and a conference center, with New York skyline views.

The company has been discussing with regulators how to handle cleanup of the old landfill in a corner of the site. Capping old landfills is required in some cases. The site is bordered by Bergen Turnpike, Route 46 and Overpeck Creek.

While eagles are no longer on the federal endangered species list, they are still protected under federal law.

Ralph Ianuzzi Jr., a managing member of SkyMark, said the developers continue to discuss the issue with federal and state regulators.

"We will continue to do everything we can to accommodate all interests here, including the eagles'," Ianuzzi said. "It's a very difficult task to satisfy all the requirements involved, some of which are statutory, some of which are social and some of which are commercial. We want the eagles to remain in the area and thrive."

At the same time, he said, the company has made a significant investment in the project, which could generate 10,000 permanent jobs.

"We want to construct this project in a useful and friendly way," Ianuzzi said. "This is not an us-versus-them issue. We're not at loggerheads. I'm happy the eagles picked my tree, because I'm going to do the right thing. We are going to act responsibly and prudently."

The Fish and Wildlife decision was welcomed by environmental groups as well as village officials, who have become protective of the eagles even as they hope to see the project proceed.

"The Fish and Wildlife response is very positive, and I hope it will get SkyMark to come back to the table and be more inclined to work with us," said Stephen Quinn, a member of Ridgefield Park's Environmental Commission. "We still need to hash out a final plan and how SkyMark can proceed in a way so that the eagles are not disturbed."

Don Torino, president of Bergen County Audubon, agreed. "This is what we really needed to hear," he said. "We never did think the site was polluted enough to make it an issue to remove the nest."

The state Department of Environmental Protection, which has also been involved in deciding how to proceed at the site, is preparing a response to the Fish and Wildlife letter that should be ready soon, said DEP spokesman Larry Hajna.

The site was once home to the Lincoln Paper Co., which made recycled paper and paperboard and operated between 1954 and 1987. The site's seven buildings were torn down in 2000.

The 6-acre landfill was a disposal area for the mill. It's about 11 feet thick and covered by up to four feet of fill. Soil tests found metals and PCBs, a likely human carcinogen, at concentrations exceeding state soil cleanup standards.

In August, SkyMark's contractor, Langan Engineering, applied for a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the eagles' nest, install an alternative nest and remove much of the current nest's buffer and roosting habitat. Removal of an active eagle nest or the vegetation within 660 feet of the nest is regulated by federal law.

SkyMark argued in its permit request that it needed to move the nest because the landfill posed an ecological risk to the eagles.
SkyMark argued in its permit request that it needed to move the nest because the landfill posed an ecological risk to the eagles.

In a recent response to Langan Engineering, Fish and Wildlife supervisor Eric Schrading wrote that Langan overestimated the risk to the eagles because it assumed the eagles look for food solely at that site, when the typical eagle's foraging range is 4,520 acres, compared to the site's 33 acres. The site, therefore, represents less than 1 percent of the eagles' range.

In addition, the agency noted that the shoreline along Overpeck Creek adjacent to the nest is used as an eagle roost site in the winter. Roost sites are also protected under federal law.

In a letter to Quinn in June, a SkyMark representative said the developer had been in contact with a company that manufactures nest platforms.

Ridgefield Park has been opposed to an artificial nest tower. "The tower would be quite big – 75 to 80 feet tall," Quinn said. "It would be unsightly and would probably be occupied by an osprey rather than the eagles. We want the tree maintained."

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BAD NEWS GOOD NEWS :leafwirl:
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Bald eagles lose nest at Sarasota stadium
This is the same nest that AEF took 2 eggs from in 2010 1 hatched the other infertile

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Expanded Highway Could Threaten Eagle Habitat
Alaska’s DOT wants to straighten a road through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, but conservationists are speaking up.

BY AMY KRAFT


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Perch Pole Installed for Bald Eagles at J-2 Power Plant
Over the summer, this “favorite” tree fell, and Central employees felt it needed a replacement.


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Cameras set up for Savannah eagles, but owls have other plans
Posted: November 22, 2014 - 10:26pm
By Mary Landers
A live-feed video project at The Landings that was planned to feature a pair of bald eagles raising their young has new stars vying for the spotlight. Recent footage from the eagle camera captured eagle visits to the nest, but it’s also shown unexpected squatters.
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Peregrine falcon is back at Oceanfront for 18th year
“Guess what!” was how Reese Lukei began his phone call.

“She’s here!”

He didn’t have to say more for me to know that the grand dame of the winter Oceanfront was back for another year.
Peregrines live no longer than 20 to 25 years, Lukei noted.
“She’s really pushing the boundaries,” he said. “She must have had 40 to 45 kids!”



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OK here is the FEEL GOOD story of the day

Joaquin Rose, ‘a great kid’, raises money for wildlife center
The animals he has adopted so far are: Rufus (bobcat), Max (bald eagle), Velcro (gray fox), Oscar (great horned owl), Sienna (red-tailed hawk), Pippen (peregrine falcon), and Grace (golden eagle).

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This is one tough ole LADY for sure. :sum9:

This bald eagle had a surprise for the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park
Picture here of the gorgeous gal


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This is an amazing story!!!! :ohyes:

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Lead-poisoned bald eagle at DCHS continues to improve :bsanta:
Veterinarians optimistic 21-year-old bald eagle will make full recovery

Picture at the FB page The difference 2 days makes is incredible. :snowflake8:



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Dane County Humane Society veterinarians said they are optimistic that a Bald Eagle who was sick from lead poisoning will make a full recovery.

The eagle, being cared for through the shelter’s wildlife rehabilitation program, Four Lakes Wildlife Center, has started eating on her own, according to a release.

The DCHS took in a 21-year-old bald eagle on two weeks ago after a motorist spotted the eagle on a road 2 miles west of Dodgeville. The eagle was captured by the Department of Natural Resources and taken to Soaring Eagle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Prairie du Sac before being transported to DCHS.

Another eagle, admitted two weeks prior, was found in Sauk County and died a day after being admitted.

Both eagles tested positive for high levels of acute lead toxicity and fragments of lead were also visible in the first eagle’s radiographs, according to DCHS Public Relations Coordinator Gayle Viney.

The ill eagle was treated with a medication injected into the bird’s muscle to help the bird’s body excrete the lead. A second round of the medication was started Monday and another blood test will be performed next week.

DCHS said eagles frequently scavenge carcasses of deer, pheasants and other wildlife that may harbor lead or lead fragments. Also, live prey impaired by lead ingestion, such as waterfowl, are easy targets for eagles.

DCHS will continue to monitor the eagle’s condition, and once her blood levels fall and stay within the acceptable range, she will be transferred to another wildlife center for the final stage of conditioning before release, according to the release.

DCHS officials said they are hoping to raise $800 needed to pay for the eagle’s medical tests, treatment, care and food. To make a contribution, go online and select Four Lakes Wildlife Center and type “Bald Eagle” in the comment section.

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