I don't know if it means anything or is just routine activity, but Drachen Fire and the surrounding area had a lot of activity today. I go to BGW about once a week, and most times it is just a ghost town over there. Today there were park employees walking on the walkway to the coaster behind Das Festhaus, lights on in the station and all the track lights were on as well. It was really great to see it all lit up as I rode the other coasters. Like I said, I'm there a lot and this was the first time I've seen this much activity over there. However, I wanted to know if others have observed this routinely or if it is a sign that something may be happening soon.
I was there about 2 weeks ago and Drachen Fire was all lit up for the 3 days/nights I was there(track, station, service area). One of my friends swore he saw someone walkin around the station and service area, but I didn't see it so I'm not to sure about it. When we were on the train ride I saw employees in the old gift shop, looks like a rest area for them now. I also saw a guy in a shirt and tie walk back there, he asked us what we were doing and we said just checkin out the coaster and remembering what it was like. We asked if it was gonna open, and he said not a chance.
Maybe they could be nice and give it to Conneaut Lake Park to help ease their 1 million $$ debt. Or they could reopen it :) They can't operate it with the nest? What if wildlife people came it and removed it?
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It would take a lot to remove a nest like that - Eagles are notoriously picky, and being endangered and all it's a touchy subject! Since the coaster isn't being used, they wouldn't have a good reason to move the nest, and they'd have to get permission to move it first.
Average life span of an American Bald Eagle (my guesstimate) is between 15 to 25 years...
However, they don't nest in the same location that long. That is only until their young can successfully leave the nest (which can be up to 3 years as that is how long they stay with their parents). Then it becomes abandoned as eagles find a new site. However, they have been known to add to the nest year after year.
Taken from the encyclopedia on-line... . The nest, or aerie, of twigs and sticks is built at a vantage point high in a tree or on a cliff in a permanent feeding territory and is added to year after year, the refuse of the previous nests decomposing beneath the new additions. The eaglets (usually two) do not develop adult markings until their third year, when they leave parental protection and seek their own mates and territories.!!!
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I think it is ironic that the eagle has taken up nesting on Drachen Fire, when they have the disabled Bald Eagle sanctuary over in Jack Hanna's. I really hope that it either abandon's or is moved, because I really have a feeling the coaster will reopen next year if it does. Also, I haven't noticed any sign of young in the nest, just a single eagle.