Stop the illegal destruction of eagle nests
Support for Bald Eagle Nests in the Lower Mainland
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August 1 2018
The Croydon Drive Bald Eagle Nest in Surrey, BC, Canada illegally destroyed last month, must be the last Bald Eagle nest tree ever again cut down in B.C. without adequate mitigation plans.
As citizens with a deep concern for British Columbia’s wildlife, we wish to register our strong support for the full protection of Bald Eagles in our province. These magnificent birds have rebounded from near extinction in North America within the last few decades, and their numbers are slowly growing in the Lower Mainland. We support their protection at all stages of their life cycle. There are currently 79 nesting territories in Delta, the highest number of any city in the world, and 43 in Surrey. We support their presence in our communities and are strongly opposed to their nest trees being destroyed.
We furthermore wish to state our support for the proactive mitigation proposal by the B.C. Provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations branch (FLNR) and the City of Surrey following the loss of the active Bald Eagle nest at Croydon Drive, Surrey. This proposal includes (a) the immediate preservation of the lands and trees surrounding the old Bald Eagle nest (under City of Surrey Bylaws), and (b) the erection of a pole and nest to be in place by September 10 so that the eagles returning from their northern migration see an alternative nesting site ready and waiting.
We are also in support of the enforcement of the BC Provincial Wildlife Act to the full extent of the law, which states that Bald Eagle nests are protected for all 12 months of the year, including the imposition of maximum financial penalties on offenders.
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