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Posted on: February 20, 2020

DNR confirms that it saw no sign of eagles near Inkster Road construction


Representatives of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed earlier this week with the City of Taylor that no there are no signs of  bald eagles or related nests on a parcel of land along Inkster Road. That came despite various erroneous claims on social media and during a February 4 City Council meeting that construction work in that location could be destroying a bald eagle’s habitat.

John Pepin of the DNR’s Public Information Department told the City that Conservative Officer Ariel Young toured the location after receiving the complaint, and saw no evidence of eagles or eagle nesting areas. They also shared that they did not expect to find any evidence of such activity in Taylor. 

"We saw no indication of activity," he said. "No Eagles in the air. No nests. Eagles usually nest in large mature trees like White Pines. Eagle’s nests are very, very large. Eagles usually stay near large water sources, and as the weather gets worse, they follow those sources to clearer water."

It is highly unlikely to find eagles in Taylor, much less miss a bald eagles’ nest. Bald eagle’s large nest is called an aerie. The bald eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 13 feet deep, 8.2 feet wide, and 1.1 tons in weight. A typical nesting landscape would be forested and include rivers or lakes that offer areas of shallow water. These landscapes provide for basic needs: water to drink, fish to eat, forest trees for shelter and a place to raise young, and perches for hunting and resting. 

The DNR did confirm that while on the location, Officer Young did see a very large squirrel’s nest. That nest has been left intact by the workers onsite, who took the time to preserve it by working around it.

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