New Nesting Bald Eagle Pair Prompts Enumclaw's July 4th Fireworks Display to Move

The fireworks show was previously set to occur at the Expo Center but will now take place near the soccer fields by Sunrise and Southwood elementary schools.

Chosen as a national symbol of the United States because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks (see the Smithsonian), the bald eagle continues to command respect and deference so much so that the city of Enumclaw is moving its from the Expo Center to a new location because a new nest has been found near the original site.

Well, it's not just the birds. Due to strict guidelines set by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, city personnel were contacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this month and told that the nest would be vulnerable to the noise and other disturbances caused by the fireworks.

According to Fish and Wildlife biologists, two eaglets have been spotted with the nesting pair and it is believed this is their first nest.

Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds credits city leaders as well as Enumclaw Fire Capt. Randy Fehr and School District Superintendent Mike Nelson with ensuring that the fireworks will go on having worked feverishly to find a new site after news of the nest spread.

"Thank you to Sup. Mike Nelson and The Enumclaw School Dist and …… with your generous offering of the Sunrise Elem. Area your organization has saved the Stars and Stripes Fireworks display," she wrote in an email to Patch. "Please bring your blankets and sit on the soccer fields and enjoy the light show. ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS WILL BE ALLOWED”

Following the Fourth of July parade that starts at 12 p.m. on Cole Street on Wednesday, July 4, the fireworks is set to begin at 9:45 p.m. and all spectators will have access to the soccer fields near Sunrise and Southwood elementary schools for viewing.

As the mayor said, no personal fireworks will be allowed on the premises.

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Bill Otto June 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Great job! Actually it will put us in a little better place to see the fireworks this year. I also love Eagles.
Martin M June 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM
While I doubt city personnel would have moved the fireworks show out of "respect and deference" for the national bird and emblem of our government were it not for the Federal Eagle Protection Act, I'm glad they did. Even though bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007, they are still considered a 'threatened' -- a situation in which actions like this can only help remedy. In addition to that, I completely agree with Bill Otto that the new site will likely provide better (and make more) views of the display available to those in the surrounding community than would be the case if it was at the fairgrounds/Expo Center. Definitely a proverbially "win-win situation" that I'd like to see made permanent.
dexterjibs June 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Thanks to the neighborhood "narc" for calling the feds to narc on the community. The eagle is no longer on teh endangered species list and 20 minutes of fireworks won't have an impact. It is funny that our nations symbol of freedom was being used to restrict the freedom to enjoy a fireworks show, where we celebrate freedom. Nut jobs everywhere I guess.
Jen July 11, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Why is it that the fireworks were moved due to the "nest would be vulnerable to the noise and other disturbances caused by the fireworks" but Creation Fest does not affect them? Seems to me Creation Fest also has prolonged noise and fireworks.....


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