BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – A pair of bald eagles have made a home for themselves once again at the Pinery Narrows area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville.
The area near their nest is going to be closed until July 31, 2016 to allow them to nest undisturbed.
The area where they are nesting is north of Station Road Bridge Trailhead. The railroad tracks and the 30-foot sections on either side of the tracks are all closed from the State Route 82 bridge north to the Fitzwater Maintenance Yard for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, bridle trail, and Cuyahoga River will still be open for pedestrians.
The closure area could be expanded over time though if it is needed to protect the eagles.
In winter, eagles lay between one and three eggs that incubate for about 35 days, they are very sensitive to cold and an adult eagle must be with them at all times.
Any humans that disturb the nest could harm the eggs.
Even though the bald eagle is no longer considered endangered, it is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both laws prohibit the taking, killing, selling or harming of the eagles, their eggs or their nests.
Last year their nest was not successful.