Front Range Nesting Bald Eagle Studies founder Dana Bove spends his days along the Boulder/Weld county line staring through a spotting scope at the bald eagle nests that dot the area.
On any given day Bove might be parked along a rural road, peering through a scope and, every three minutes, jotting down his observations in a marbled composition book.
He is disturbed by much of what he sees — fracking operations with 100-foot-high walls, a large housing development creeping slowly to the west and what appears to be an oil company preparing to build a pipeline near a nest.
“That was a travesty,” he said during one outing, pointing to a field on the county line. An oil company had hooked a chain around an old-growth cottonwood tree — the preferred home of nesting bald eagles — and pulled it down to make way for oil wells. “It was nothing short of a travesty. I swore to myself I’d never see that happen again in Colorado.”
The birds, of which Bove snapped a photo perched on a pump jack near the former site of their tree, moved several times before setting up shop in another tree close to prairie dogs, ponds and wetlands.
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