Pictures: Eagle Nest Destruction, before, during and after
Videos: Nest & Tree cut down — Nextera in Damage Control
On the morning of January 5th, 2013 Nextera Energy removed a bald eagle nest (species of special concern in Ontario), and the tree it was in, in order to accommodate an access road and a wind turbine for their company in the Summerhaven project in Haldimand Cty. The MNR gave a permit for the company to do so the night before.
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[Jan 14th: 1,175 responses so far! Way to go, Ontario! Spread the word]
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I, as a resident of Ontario am outraged at the destruction and ultimate displacement of the eagles and their habitat. The mismanagement of The Ministry of Natural Resources at the request of foreign based companies in order to erect wind turbines is irresponsible and unacceptable. Additionally, it is an outrage that the MNR posted their decision on Friday January 4th after 5 pm, for the distinct purposes of not allowing local residents to express their concerns over this action. Ontarians are watching.
Subject: Stop the Approvals Now
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- The Bald Eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 4 meters (13 ft) deep, 2.5 meters (8 ft) wide, and one tonne in weight.
- The Bald Eagle is extremely sensitive to human activity, and is found most commonly in areas free of human disturbance.
- Every year, the number of active territories and the number of active nests slowly increases. During the last five years, nesting productivity has stabilized at 1.4-1.5 fledglings per active nest, which is likely sufficient to maintain a stable population. Currently, most of the Bald Eagle nests in southern Ontario (59%) are located along the north shore of Lake Erie. Bald Eagles have not yet returned to the north shore of Lake Ontario, probably because of a lack of suitable habitat away from human development.
- 57 active bald eagle nests in Southern Ontario in 2011