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    Town Moves Fourth of July Fireworks Away From Baby Eagles

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    A Kirkland, Washington official has agreed to move the town’s fireworks display further away from a nest of baby bald eagles. Many in the community expressed concerns about the eaglets, as they’re not yet able to fly.

    Birds aren't as thrilled about the fireworks as we are.

    A Kirkland, Washington official has agreed to move the town’s fireworks display further away from a nest of baby bald eagles.

    Many in the community expressed concerns about the eaglets, as they’re not yet able to fly. The primary worry was that they’d be startled by the loud noises and fall from their nest.

    Eastside Audubon made the official request, their second in as many years. There were no babies last summer, but the nest was inhabited by both of the parents and a juvenile eagle.

    While last year’s asking came too late to be accommodated, this year the town of Kirkland seems to be making up for it.

    Not only are the launch barges being moved 350 yards further away, the show itself has been designed to awe the spectators with color rather than volume.

    The birds have become Kirkland citizens of sorts, returning to the nest for three years in a row now.

    Given the effort that an eagle puts into constructing their homes, repeated use makes perfect sense.

    Eagle nests can get large enough to fill the back of a pickup truck and weigh up to 800 pounds.