Va. residents concerned for eagles' safety

Neighbors are concerned for eagles' safety.

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) — Some Virginia residents have major concerns about a construction project and the impact it could have on several bald eagles.

In Manassas, a developer is constructing two office buildings along Wakeman Drive. The development is on private property, but it is located right next to an eagle's nest that sits in a public park.

Amber Taylor has watched several bald eagles fly in and out of that nest for years.

"I'm not quite sure how this was given the go ahead, given the proximity to the nest," she said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reviewed the site. In July 2015, that federal agency recommended to developer Pete McCabe that clearing and grading not happen at the property until August 1, 2016.

USFWS wrote that letter after receiving a draft "Eagle Take" permit application from McCabe's company Southpoint Business Center, LLC.

Read: The USFWS' letter regarding the Manassas development

But, residents like Nanne Wright claim major work has been going on at that site since at least July 14.

"This is their (the eagles') home," she said.

WUSA9 went to the site and found many trees uprooted. We reached out to Pete McCabe. He said a senior special agent toured the site Monday and declared the project to be in compliance.

"Neither the tree or the nest are on our property or within our area of work. We are required to install and have installed tree protection and marked the limits of clearing. USFWS has reviewed the project. We will comply with their requirements," McCabe said in a statement.

WUSA9 reached out to the USFWS' regional office for comment to see why it was okay with the project progressing in July rather than August. USFWS did not reply.


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