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Canal Visitor Center Closure
Canal Visitor Center will be closed for construction, starting Monday, May 6, 2013. It will reopen with new exhibits in early 2014.
Bald Eagle Closure in Effect
RR tracks, and 30 foot right of way on either side, are closed to all foot traffic from the Rt. 82 Bridge at Station Rd, north to the RR tracks at. The Cuyahoga R. downstream of the Brecksville Dam to the Fitzwater Rd Bridge is closed to water activities.
Bald Eagles in the Park
Nest building activities begin early in the year.
Bald eagles are routinely seen along the Cuyahoga River.
Beginning In 2006, bald eagles built a nest in the Pinery Narrows area, the first recorded in Cuyahoga County in more than 70 years. That nest was unsuccessful, but the eagles returned to build another nest nearby the following years and successfully raised one eaglet in 2007 and again in 2008.
A late winter storm in February 2009, caused the nest to fail, but in 2010, the same pair returned to the Pinery Narrows area, built a new nest and raised two eaglets!
In 2011, a pair of adult eagles built a nest in the same area, but the entire nest tree blew down during a storm in early March. The pair began to add sticks to another nest in a nearby tree, but was unsuccessful in producing eggs.
Fledged bald eaglet spreads wings.
In 2012, an eagle pair again built a nest in the Pinery Narrows and successfully hatched two eggs. However, only one eaglet successfully fledged.
Two eaglets appear in the nest the week of April 14, 2013.
Spring 2013 Update:
During the week of April 14, two eaglets were spotted in the nest and will remain there, protected and fed by their parents, for 10 to 12 weeks.
To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2013. The Pinery Narrows area is north of Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville, Ohio. While the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail remains open, the following areas are closed:
Fishing is permitted at the dam. Please observe any posted restrictions within the eagle nesting zone.
Although recently removed from the endangered species list, the bald eagle is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both federal laws prohibit taking, killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests or eggs.
Did You Know?
American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.