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Update: Eagles Removed From Maryland Airport Doing Just Fine
Northeast Region, August 7, 2009
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Female eagle checking out alternate nest, Craig Koppie USFWS
Female eagle checking out alternate nest, Craig Koppie USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

In February 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with officials of the Airport Management Authority and the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), determined that a bald eagle pair nesting along an active runway at Glenn Martin State Airport, near the town of Essex MD could be a hazard to airport safety.


With assistance from Airport Operations, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the eagle nest from a tree located near the active runway fearing a potential mid-air collision with local aircraft. 


The pair had just begun to lay eggs that week. However, because it was still early in the nesting season, biologists expected the bald eagle pair would have time to construct a new nest or would relocate to an alternate nest location. 


Two weeks after the disturbance, Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologist Craig Koppie, checked the pair's old nest located closer to the Frog Mortar Creek. The adult female was standing on the nest which was a good indicator she was planning to re-use their old nest site. On July 7th, he revisited the nest tree and found she had produced two eaglets which look to be about 8-9 weeks old! The young will probably take their first flights when they reach 11 weeks of age.  Most all other eaglets in the Chesapeake Bay have fledged by now.


Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagles: the Service reclassified the eagle from endangered to threatened in 1995 and removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species in 2007. The Bald Eagle Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan calls for a 20 year nest monitoring survey to be conducted every 5 years beginning in 2009. A small habitat segment of the entire Chesapeake Bay eagle nesting area was surveyed in May 2009. A consistent pattern of nests containing three eaglets was noted. Based on the sample, the Service anticipates a high eagle production (Bay-wide) this year.    


For more information contact:

Craig Koppie

Chesapeake Bay Field Office



Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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