U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

NEWS RELEASE


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
134 UNION BOULEVARD
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228

February 21, 1997

Ray Rauch 303-289-0350
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

AIRPLANES NO LONGER SHARE ROOSTING AREA WITH EAGLES

Flights leaving Denver's International Airport no longer fly directly over the bald eagle roost site on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal except in weather emergencies. These interim measures were agreed to by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the Fish and Wildlife Service and were designed to avoid additional adverse impacts to the eagles until the formal consultation is completed in approximately 90 days.

As discussed at a meeting between FAA officials and Service officials, by requiring all outgoing flights to the southwest to delay turning for approximately 1-1/2 miles, the planes are still flying over the Arsenal, but not directly over the roost site.

"By making this minor change in the flight path, it is hoped that the eagles will return to their original roosting site that they have used historically," said Ralph Morgenweck, Director of the Service's Mountain-Prairie Region.

Service biologists will continue to monitor the activities of the bald eagles to determine if these interim measures are working. Everyone involved in these negotiations understands that there may be times, because of hazardous weather conditions and public safety, that the planes will have to adjust their flight plan in a way that may cause them to fly over the roost. These conditions and the possible effects from these infrequent occurrences will be addressed during the formal consultations that will occur over the next 90 days.


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