Erie MetroParks announces the reopening of the northern section of the Community Foundation Preserve at Eagle Point June 29.
Due to the presence of American Bald Eagles nesting on the property, only the southern section of the property was open to the public since January. The entire 73-acre preserve, located off U.S. 6 between Sandusky and Huron, will again be accessible to the public on that date. This will include all trails, access to East Sandusky Bay and the newly opened water trail that crosses near the shoreline.
Erie MetroParks' conservation policies regarding eagles are the product of its Eagle Protection Task Force. The task force formulated policies to enable the reproductive success of resident bald eagles. The group is comprised of citizen volunteers with an interest or knowledge of wildlife or raptor management and/or habitat protection experience. The purpose of the task force is to provide review of public access needs and MetroPark development and management plans where such activities might impact nearby nesting eagles.
By regulating public access during the nesting season, Erie MetroParks is helping protect the breeding habitat of the eagles by following state and federal land use guidelines. During that sensitive time, the eagles don't seem to mind the nearby trains, planes and automobiles, but they are often easily disturbed by humans simply walking near their nest.
For more information, contact Erie MetroParks at (419) 625-7783 or DiscoverIt@eriemetroparks.org.