TENNESSEE (WAFF) - As of 8 a.m. on April 25, 2018, the area in and around an eagle's nest at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee will be closed to all public use and activity until further notice.
The reason? A certified eaglet emergency!
According to park officials, a mated pair of Bald eagles in the area are now one chick short of a full nest after one of their two little ones took a premature tumble. The fall occurred around 5:30 p.m. on April 24.
The good news is that the eaglet appears unhurt and has been stretching its wings. The parents will likely continue to care for the chick, but predators in the area are a real threat.
"The chicks were born on February 20, and normal development is 10-12 weeks to fledge," said Superintendent Dale Wilkerson.
"Consequently, the chick is at least 1 week away from being able to fly. For the safety of the bird, and to allow adequate space for the eagle parents to take care of the chick, we are closing this area to all public use and access."
As part of the closure, Hamburg-Savannah Rd. will be closed from its intersection with the Corinth-Pittsburg Landing Rd. at the Michigan Monument to the small parking area at the Peach Orchard.
Local through-traffic should find an alternate route during the closure.
In addition, Brown's Landing Rd. leading to the Shiloh National Indian Mounds will also be closed.
For more information on Shiloh National Military Park or Shiloh National Cemetery, visit their website or call the visitor center at (731) 689-5696.
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