A pair of bald eagles were seen nesting in a busy area, prompting officials to set up fences to protect them according to a WFAA article from February 8 which reports,
“The birds, made up of a male and a female, have been spotted near White Rock Lake since October 2020.
However, the area the birds chose to set up camp is unusual. WFAA won’t disclose the exact address, but the nest is near a busy thoroughfare, two schools, and a hospital.
In other words, there’s a lot of activity around the birds that we usually envision flying majestically through a forest.
A park near the birds is now closed, temporary fencing is set up near the parking lot of that park, and signs also indicate staying away from the area.”
To further accommodate and ensure both the safety of the eagles and the success of their nesting, certain guidelines were laid out by city officials according to a Dallas Morning News article from February 9. They say,
“Residents who want to view or take photos should go to the west side of Buckner Boulevard, or far enough away that the eagles will not feel threatened. People also should not park along the roads, as they pose a danger to drivers and pedestrians.
“To have a real charismatic species in the metroplex and next to one of the best urban parks in the United States, it’s a chance for people who don’t really have an affinity for birds to be introduced to a wonderful species,” he said.
But Sandifer, along with city officials and wildlife conservationists, say the eagles should be appreciated from a distance because disturbing them could drive them away from their nest.
As tempting as it may be to try to offer them food, Kieschnick said, doing so could hurt how the eagles adjust to their new habitat.
Additionally, the officials have already imposed penalties against those people who will disturb the eagles in any manner. Criminal and civil cases will also be filed against said people.