- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Construction on a new facility for an Anchorage bird rehabilitation center is in danger of being delayed by a nesting eagle.

The irony is not lost on workers at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, the Alaska Dispatch News reported (https://bit.ly/1XGzect).

“It’s possible that the eagle that’s nesting up there is one we released sometime in the past,” said Tom Bennett, president of Bird TLC’s board of directors. “It’s a very bizarre thing.”

The nonprofit organization received approval this month to build a new flight center on 4.5 acres it owns near Potter Marsh. Plans have been in the works for over a decade.

Volunteers haul water into the current facility using plastic cans and the walls’ wooden planks are beginning to bend.

“It’s time for a new facility,” said Katie Middlebrook, the nonprofit’s avian rehabilitation coordinator.

Construction set for spring could be delayed by federal wildlife protection laws that kicked in after the eagle’s nest was discovered.

Bird TLC director Guy Runco says options are being considered, like a special permit or redesign. He said it’s a safe assumption that the eagle nesting at the Potter March site is one that was treated at the center, since many are released in that area.

“We have done so many eagle releases from our property,” Runco said. “It’s not crazy to think that one of them would stay.”


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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