Kremmling fireworks location moved to protect eagles |

Kremmling fireworks location moved to protect eagles

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

BLM and the Chamber of Commerce’s contractor for the fireworks show have agreed to an alternate location of this year’s 4th of July fireworks display to protect the Golden Eagle family nesting in the cliffs above town.

“This year’s display will be on the far west end of the cliffs, where people will still be able to see and enjoy the fireworks from the areas where people typically gather,” said BLM Kremmling Field Manager Stephanie Odell. “Viewing will be better on the western side of town.”

Golden Eagles have nested in the cliffs above Kremmling periodically over the past three decades. No eagles have nested here over the past several years, but biologists confirmed a nesting pair this year in early April, and two eaglets in mid-May, just below the area where the firework display was planned.

The eaglets are still several weeks from leaving the nest. A large disturbance in the immediate vicinity of the nest could cause the birds to leave the nest before they could survive, or potentially even cause the adults to abandon the nest. The new location should be far enough away to minimize disturbance, and it meets the legal requirement for at least a half-mile buffer from the nest.

This story has been updated to correct the name of the organizations who agreed upon moving the fireworks.

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