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Calling on eagle-eyed birders to help monitor

By Staff | Sep 9, 2020

Pair of bald eagles often seen at the Donax cell tower. GARY BILTGEN

In late summer and early fall, the islands’ bald eagles begin returning to their nesting sites, though Oct. 1 is considered the official start of nesting season in Florida. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation monitors 11 nest sites on Sanibel, Captiva and North Captiva with the help of volunteers. Data is collected and reported to Audubon Florida’s Eagle Watch Program. Bald eagles are known to maintain multiple nest sites and alternate use of them. Although the SCCF currently monitors 11 nest structures, there are only seven known pairs actively nesting. Since many eagle nests are on private property or in remote locations, volunteers for the monitoring program typically live near a nest. If you know of a nest near you and are interested in becoming a volunteer monitor, contact eagles@sccf.org. If you have seen a bald eagle recently, let the SCCF know by emailing eagles@sccf.org.