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Bald eagles make a home in the middle of proposed Algiers development

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A pair of eagles has made their home in Algiers, and residents are concerned about their future.

"I love it," said Algiers resident Vincent D'Aquila, who has taken hundreds of photos of the pair. "I just hope they keep a good eye on them so nothing happens." 

The nest - which is as big as a love seat - is just two miles from downtown and two blocks off of General DeGaulle Drive. It sits in one of four trees left standing in a large vacant lot that was cleared to make way for the proposed Behrman soccer stadium.

"I haven't heard anything about the park since the sand was brought in," said Algiers resident Ferd Pryor.

"It was strange that they dumped all the soil and elevated four feet, and it was clear all the way except for the cypress there," said Algiers resident J.C. Sanders.

For the city to tear down the tree, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a permit would be required. It's one of many protections still in place for bald eagles, even though they're no longer considered endangered.

"I hope they do more to protect them," said D'Aquila.

In the meantime, he says, he will keep snapping away. He and others hope that the trees holding the nest will be saved so that they can continue to enjoy and document the eagle's comeback.

The U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service said the city is fully cooperating to come up with a plan to keep the eagles safe. That plan will include saving the trees and a buffer of about 300 feet between any new development and the nest.

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