October 19, 2018
First, a BIG thank you to all that called US Fish & Wildlife and GA DNR. It seems they were overwhelmed with calls, and some people were asked, “Are you calling about the eagles in Jasper County?” One number changed the message on their answering machine to say, “If you are calling about the eagles in Jasper County, please call ##.”
All your calls made a difference!
Second, thank you to the folks on Eagle Dr. and Peregrine Ct. for keeping a watch on the eagle’s nest before, while blasting took place, and continue to monitor the nest.
Based on reports to TWG here is a rough time line from yesterday.
- People starting calling State and Federal officials about the eagle nest
- A biologist and eagle expert was contacted by the property owner who lives directly across from the nest. The biologist, who was located in Florida, said there was “no way” the eagle had eggs. The biologist was sent a picture with the eagles sitting on the nest.
- Blasting was delayed from 12 noon to 1PM, but did take place at 1:30PM
- The eagles flew from the nest when the blasting started.
- At 4:00PM an eagle specialist, Dr. Bob Sargent of GA DNR, came from Savannah to Eagle Dr. to observe the nest from across the cove. The eagles had returned to the nest. Sargent determined there were no eggs in the nest. He based his determination on the fact that an osprey came near the nest and the eagles did not attack it.
- Dr. Sargent told Shane Sealy that there were about 2 1/2 more weeks that blasting could take place, and after that there would be no blasting. (Our understanding was no blasting until April after the babies had left the nest.) Additionally, no blasting at all within 650 feet of the nest.
- The two biologist both said it was about two to three weeks too early for the nest to have eggs. They said the earliest they had seen eagles lay eggs was November 8th.
The eagles appear to be fine, and we are hoping the neighbors can share pictures with us during the time the eagles lay their eggs and raise their young, because so many of us are interested.
Thank you again to everyone. It is great when everyone works together to accomplish something we all care about! People at the State realize that folks in Jasper County care and have no problem in speaking out about it!! (Now if we would be that passionate about our ever-rising property taxes!! We could get something done about that, too!)
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.