Eagle’s Nest: Protecting Eagles at Buck Steam Station Requires a Delicate Balance

Mar 11, 2019 3:40 PM ET

SPENCER — Just as the sun was rising Tuesday morning, Misti Sporer and Max Gardner walked quietly into the woods toward their goal: a gigantic bald eagle nest just below the crown of a loblolly pine.

All talking ceased once they were within about 100 feet. Gardner held back a short distance as Sporer, lead environmental scientist for Duke Energy, moved closer for a 60- to 90-minute observation period.

Sporer made notes of the motion in the nest overhead and the clues of eagle activity she could find on the ground around her.

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