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Eagles removed from Ed Smith Stadium lights

Baltimore OriolesThe Baltimore Orioles had an unusual expenditure during the ongoing renovations to Ed Smith Stadium, the team’s Sarasota spring-training home: paying a private firm to remove two American eagles and their eggs from the right-field lights.

The eagles decided to nest within the lights high above the ballpark this fall, despite ballpark renovations that brought 150 or so workers to the facility each day. Since the ongoing work was considered to be a hazard for the eagles’ health — and especially for the young eagles after they hatch — the Orioles and state wildlife officials took the additional step of removing them all from the ballpark yesterday.

The eagles and their eggs will have a new home far from the construction din: they’re being transported to the Bald Eagle Foundation in Dollywood, Tenn.

Many of the renovation to Ed Smith Stadium are expected to be finished when the first spring-training game is scheduled for March 1.

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