Letter to the Editor: Refrain from fireworks, for bald eagles’ sake

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Bald Eagles, Paleo and Calusa, are taking turns nesting and keeping the eggs warm. Calusa is hunkered down into the nest the majority of the time as Paleo brings her food for nourishment. We are estimating that the eggs will hatch approximately mid-January.

With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) respectfully requests that anyone living, renting, or vacationing in a home bordering the sanctuary or near the sanctuary neighborhood, please refrain from shooting fireworks or canons. The eagles are terrified of sudden loud and explosive sounds in such a close proximity to their habitat and are even more sensitive during nesting season.

Last year on New Year’s Eve, a canon and extremely loud fireworks were set off from properties near the Marco Eagle Sanctuary which scared the eagles and caused them to leave their nest and eggs. Eagle eggs cannot survive more then than a couple of hours unprotected. Unfortunately and much to Marco Island’s loss, the eggs failed.

The bald eagle, our national symbol, is a state and federally protected species. Community cooperation is greatly needed and very much appreciated. As we celebrate the holidays, MESF is thankful for the wonderful support from Marcoites and especially from the Snook Inn. The November “Welcome Back to the Nest” Celebration was sold out and a great success.

As we wait to celebrate the arrival of new eaglets at the sanctuary, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation wishes everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

Information: www.MarcoEagleSanctuaryFoundation.org.

Linda J. Turner

Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation director of operations

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Tom_Massie writes:

Hopefully the police on Marco will make a sincere effort this year to monitor the actions by people who wish to harm our National symbol for selfish reasons.

Any efforts to continue these actions will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law.

I hope that we, all, could be respectful citizens and these actions will not become necessary.

Tom

Konfuzius writes:

Who cares about the Eagles in the 70's, 80's and 90's and even today whether they are in a good shape or not. What happened here is pharisee action. As I came first to Marco Island in 1971 there are 20 to 30 Eagle pairs nesting. This Eagles are now south of Marco Island and happy for their own Eagle national security reason.
Give me a break. Some noise at New Years eve will never harm this "National symbol"!
The uncontrolled development of Marco Island inclusive the new expansion plan and putt putt pleasure of the Mass Mutual Cooperation do.

1Paradiselost writes:

Well, it would be interesting to see how some people would feel after lighting fireworks, during dry season, and disturbing wildlife which is protected by the federal government, only to have the Florida Fish and Wildlife folks enforce the law which has some pretty hefty penalties such as 5 years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine.

We do have to be responsible while having fun, and if not, then we have to pay the consequences for acting without thinking.

marco826 writes:

Maybe we should cancel 4th of July too? Where do we draw the line? Are you saying that fireworks caused Eagle eggs to fail? Could it have been other circumstances?

1Paradiselost writes:

Fireworks Laws and Rules in Florida:

Bans, Prohibitions, Allowances and Penalties

"While fireworks are sold in Florida, and it is legal to buy them, it is ILLEGAL for people without a PERMIT to set off fireworks other than sparklers".

"The rule comes down to this": “If it leaves the ground where it explodes, it’s considered an illegal firework in the state of Florida,” says Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle. That also applies to firecrackers that go boom".

The state laws can be read in the following link..

http://flaglerlive.com/56170/firework...

"The fact that numerous people set off fireworks illegally is not an allowance to do so. In Florida in particular, in drier seasons, fireworks’ embers can set off wildfires rapidly".

Bottom line: Florida law prohibits any fireworks that fly through the air or explode — such as Roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers and mortars — for recreational use.

deltarome writes:

This isn't about the eagles as much as it is to preserve a park near homes instead of a school as designated by island developers.
If the eagles leave, there goes the local homeowners claim it is an eagle sanctuary and not ready for development.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to deltarome:

This isn't about the eagles as much as it is to preserve a park near homes instead of a school as designated by island developers.
If the eagles leave, there goes the local homeowners claim it is an eagle sanctuary and not ready for development.

That makes sense. I am agree.

Tom_Massie writes:

Let us understand that the laws are laws for everyone. Just because one group, thinks that they are treated unfairly does not change the laws of protection that are involved here.

1Paradise stated the issue, at hand. Breaking the laws that apply will be very costly to those involved.

Remember everyone will know those who are involved because it will be public record. Not a smart move, by any means, to make.

In simple terms, we should all try to live together in a peaceful manner.

A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year to All.

Konfuzius writes:

"Remember everyone will know those who are involved because it will be public record. Not a smart move, by any means, to make."

What's that? Tom_Massie is an opinion blackmailer. Nothing else. Make noise and fire skyrockets you will be member of public records.
"Not a smart move, by any means, to make."

However fire skyrockets and make noise. A new year is arriving. 2014!!! Welcome!!!!

Happy New Year!

OldMarcoMan writes:

Burrowing Owl is tasty according to the Feral Cats and Iguanas.

Didn't one of Marcos original founding fathers say 'there are 10,000 Islands can the humans have just one?'

Oh HAPPY NEW YEAR !

OldMarcoMan writes:

Guess your out tonight with Pickets in front of the Marriott, Good for you !!!

Ruger writes:

Good to see we made it thru another New Year's celebration with no Eagles harmed.

Happy New Year!

OldMarcoMan writes:

Like they would tell anyone if there was an Eagle harmed

Northerner writes:

in response to Ruger:

Good to see we made it thru another New Year's celebration with no Eagles harmed.

Happy New Year!

Good to see we made it through another year without Jane harming them. Indeed it is a happy new year.

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