Since the bald eagle was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2007, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the agency in charge of protecting our National Bird, has allowed or ignored many instances where developers or individuals have violated the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA). The Protection Act was put in place in 1940 to offer the birds greater protections because of their status as our National Symbol.
In April 2015, a nest still frequented by eagles was removed in Virginia Beach for a $30 million commercial and residential development project. In January 2016, a new homeowner, also in Virginia Beach, ordered a tree service to cut down a tree containing an active nest to the horror of onlooking neighbors. Fish and Wildlife investigated, but imposed no fines or jail time.
|Bald eagle pair in Manassas, Virginia.|
Though bald eagles have had a comeback since the insecticide DDT was banned in 1972, their populations have only grown to about one-tenth of the more than 500,000 birds estimated to have called North America home in the 1700s. They are still seriously threatened by poisoning from lead hunting ammo and fishing sinkers, as well as habitat loss. Because it is our National Bird -- a symbol used on money, on our military emblems, and in many businesses (including our U.S. Postal Service) -- we believe protections must be increased, and enforced, until we have reached a more sustainable and noticeable population. Many Americans have never seen a bald eagle in the wild.
This documentary will follow the plight of the Manassas eagles, as well as feature stories from other locations where concerned citizens have stepped up to fight for what's important.
It is our Bird. It is our Nation.
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