Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Grand River bald eagles stopping traffic (an arresting development)

Grand River Village's police chief Barry D. Dodd is hoping that southbound Route 44 drivers will keep their eyes on the road and not on the nesting pair of American bald eagles.

The eagles have expanded on a redtail hawk nest at the edge of the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve and just north of Olive Street and south of the entrance to Headlands Beach State Park.

This so-close eagle nest has seen a somewhat steady stream of peeping toms who pull off Route 44 for a view of the nest/eagles.

Which is illegal, and thus of concern to Dodd.

"It hasn't been much of a traffic problem yet but I think that's because of the weather," Dodd said.

Dodd fears that once the weather improves more people will want to pull off and try to snatch a glimpse of the eagles and their nest.

With luck, however, perhaps the greening of the nest and surrounding trees will shield the structure and thereby discourage illegal pull-offs, Dodd said.

"That's my hope. The birds will get their privacy and we won't have to deal with the traffic problem," Dodd said.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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