BCAS partners with local and national organizations to address conservation concerns. Following are some of those concerns, as well as events to attend and actions to take.
Threat to their Nest
For the third year in a row, Alice and Al, a pair of bald eagles, have nested successfully on Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield Park. Against all odds, these two resilient symbols of our nation raised two more young, bringing a total of six eagles — a species that has returned from the brink of extinction — back to New Jersey. But this could be the very last year that these proud birds find a nest to return to and the very last time that school kids, nature lovers and all residents of Bergen County will be able to witness the miracle on Overpeck Creek.
Since Alice and Al decided to take up residence on a landfill that needs to be cleaned up and is also the site scheduled to be developed with a $660 million construction project, all odds seem to be against these eagles having another successful nesting season come spring.
Many questions need to be answered by the NJDEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the developers themselves — Skymark, Inc. Do they have the know-how and the political will to find a way to clean up the site and still maintain the eagles’ nest? Will Skymark care enough about these magnificent birds, as they say they do, to develop their project in a way that will allow them to live with us and bring more eagles into the world?
We need to keep our eyes on these eagles and make sure everyone concerned does the best they can to maintain and protect them so we could witness how they’ve struggled and fought back against all odds to nest on Overpeck Creek.
Don Torino, BCAS President The Record: Letters, Saturday, August 24
Bird Collisions with Glass and Buildings
Composite photo of birds killed at buildings in Baltimore,
by Daniel Lebbin, ABC.The Challenge
An estimated 300 million to 1 billion birds die each year from collisions with glass on buildings, from skyscrapers to homes. Birds simply can’t tell reflection from reality. Even if a bird flies away after striking a window, it may die elsewhere as a result of the collision.
Building Bird Friendly Buildings from ABC Birds
Shut Down Bird Death Traps
Every year, millions of birds die because of oil pits, power lines, communications towers, and other hazards. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just launched a plan to strengthen the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of America’s most important bird conservation laws, to help meet the challenges of the 21st century. Send a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to support this critical action.