If you build it, they might come

Jason Werling
Mar 23, 2010

You may have seen the story in the past week about the grassroots effort to bring the bald eagles back to the area of their famous nest at Gerold's Old Dutch Tavern on Perkins Avenue.

I  had past blogs with updates on how the eagles and their eaglet from this past year were doing all the way up until that fateful day when the nest fell and the eaglet didn't survive. I had closed the book on spending 10 minutes of my day watching the nest and bringing photos of the eagles back to the Register for all of you to see.

That book has been reopened with Gary Toll, Barry Riddle and Larry Gerold as well as donations from area businesses including Speer Brothers, Galloway Brothers, AT Emmett and Firelands Electric Cooperative all coming together to make the artificial nest a reality.

All that work doesn't guarantee the eagles will come back, but it shows what can be done when people come together and work together. I do hope the eagles come back, if not to the Old Dutch then somewhere close where people can still keep tabs on how they are doing. I know my kids have a better appreciation for our nation's symbol since our visits to the nest this past spring and countless others appreciated the unhampered view of the nest up in the cottonwood tree.

I'll keep you posted with any updates I receive so keep checking back.

The artificial nest has been stocked with branches and other debris from the fallen nest and can now be seen from the parking lot on the east side of the Old Dutch. A picture is below.