Day By Day

Friday, June 01, 2007

Philadelphia Says Goodbye to the Eagles

No, not those eagles; the real ones.

AP reports:

A bald eagle nest at the old Philadelphia Navy Yard has failed, but birdwatchers are holding out hope that the first pair of bald eagles spotted in the city in more than 200 years will nest again next year.

After the nest was spotted in February, state officials began keeping a close eye on the eagles in hopes that they would breed. But birdwatchers and state officials say the eagles haven’t been spotted since April.

“We believe it is failed and that the birds are gone,” said Debbie Beer, a birder who spotted the eagles in February and has been helping the state to monitor them. “I’m hoping that they come back next year and nest again.”

The story gets interesting further down the page:

The nest’s discovery has complicated real estate development plans at the old Navy Yard.

The birds are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, meaning nearby development plans could be altered, delayed or even halted.

I can hear the conversation now:

“Hey Paulie, we got us a little problem down here at the Navy Yard. Seems some Eagles have settled there and now the lawyers are giving us some Shiite about it. Ya’ think you and the boys could do somethin’?”

“Sure boss. One question though.”


“Which do you want us to take out — the birds or the lawyers?”

“Hmmm…, lemme think.”

Read it here.