Two Bald Eagles Found Nesting in Shelby Township Park
Two American bald eagles were recently discovered nesting in Shelby Township's Holland Ponds Park.
The township is being proactive after finding the nest by adding some safety guidelines that will keep people and pets at least 330 feet away from their nest. Drones are prohibited from flying within 1,000 feet of the nesting area.
Even though bald eagles were delisted from the Endangered Species Act in 2007, because their populations recovered sufficiently, bald eagles are still protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
According to CBS News, based on the activities and behaviors of the two birds, they believe the birds are nesting and getting ready for juvenile eagles, also known as eaglets.
Charter Township of Shelby:
The township placed barricades to ensure compliance with federal guidelines. Beginning in nest building season in February through the fledging of young eagles in August, restricted access will reduce any unintentional disturbance of the eagles’ nest.
To aid in the enforcement of the guidelines, the Shelby Township Police Department will monitor access points to the trails near the nesting area as well as other portions of Holland Ponds Park. If park patrons see individuals trespass beyond the barriers, they can call the Shelby Township Police Department non-emergency line at 586-731-2121.
To learn more about these Bald Eagles and how to join the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center staff for a free guided hike 2-3 p.m., Saturday, April 8, visit shelbytwp.org.