Various agencies, workers and volunteers came together to save a bald eagle nest at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
This past year marked the first time bald eagles nested in an area visible to guests at the local wildlife refuge area. During the spring and summer nesting season, a pair of bald eagles successfully raised an eaglet to fledgling.
The nest was established on top of a dying oak tree in danger of falling over, according to refuge workers. In an effort to save the nest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached out to various community partners.
Portland General Electric provided the equipment, manpower and expertise to stabilize the tree and prevent it from falling over. Oregon Eagle Foundation provided guidance on the design for supporting the eagle nest, and Halstead's Arboriculture Consultants provided technical knowledge on the best way to stabilize the tree.
Volunteers helped provide contacts and took photographs of the entire process.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge has more than 132,000 visitors annually. It is at 19255 S.W. Pacific Hwy. in Sherwood. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/tualatinriver.
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