Science/Tech
10:50 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Bald eagles lead to traffic hazard in Michigan

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – A nest of bald eagles in one southwestern Michigan community is attracting so much attention from bird watchers that officials plan to ban roadside gawkers from
the area.

The bald eagles nesting in Kent County's Oakfield Township about 20 miles northeast of Grand Rapids have been attracting crowds with binoculars and cameras to a 5-foot-wide shoulder of the road.

Oakfield Township Supervisor William Dean tells WZZM-TV he's worried that someone will get hit by a car. At times some people have been watching from near the center of the road, which has a 55 mph speed limit.

Violators could be fined up to $250.

The Daily News of Greenville reports two adult eagles and two young birds have been spotted for a few months.