Clearwater fireworks cancelled. Nesting eagle chicks steal show. A fireworks display planned after the Clearwater Threshers game on Saturday night was canceled. The reason? Concerns over potential harm to a pair of eagle chicks nesting in a nearby cell tower.
The nesting site of these bald eagle chicks is located approximately 1,000 feet away from the ballpark. According to federal wildlife guidance, this proximity is considered too close for the chicks to be exposed to fireworks. Additionally, the eaglets are still in a vulnerable stage of growth, as they have yet to leave their nest for the first time. Bird advocates expressed worries earlier this week about the potential negative impact of the fireworks on the eaglets.
The decision to cancel the fireworks display was made based on the recommendation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Clearwater Threshers took this action out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the fledgling eagles. In an emailed statement to the Tampa Bay Times, a spokesperson for the team said, “Recently, we were made aware of an active bald eagle’s nest located just east of US Highway 19, containing two fledgling eagles. Based on the recommendation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the fledgling eagles, The Clearwater Threshers are cancelling the post-game Fireworks show scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd.”
By prioritizing the well-being of these magnificent creatures, the Clearwater Threshers have taken a responsible step to protect the nesting eagles. It serves as a reminder of the importance of wildlife conservation and our role in preserving the natural habitats of such incredible species. TBT