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MESSAGE FROM Audubon Florida Eagle Watch

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A MESSAGE FROM Audubon Florida Eagle Watch:

Let the season begin!!!

The Bald Eagle breeding season is here, and many of you are eager to visit your nest(s) to check on your eagles. This is a very exciting moment for all EagleWatch volunteers and I want to take the opportunity to remind you of a few simple rules:

   1. EagleWatch volunteers are citizen scientists that collect data on breeding eagles. This data is very important to evaluate reproductive success and trends of the eagle population in Florida. If for any reason you're unable to monitor your nest(s) this season, or have to stop some time during the season please let us know by sending an email to Renier Munguia (e-mail address below) so I can assign another volunteer to cover your nest.

   2. Always keep the minimum safe distance (330') from the nest when doing your observations, especially on isolated nests that have little exposure to human activities.

   3. Always use the best practices and educate others on the proper conduct near a nest. If you ever have to warn anybody about the proper conduct; do it in a polite manner.

   4. Obey all no trespassing signs and rules set by landowners.

   5. Reduce the impact on the nesting birds. Some critical nests may only tolerate one visit every other week. If more than one volunteer is monitoring the same nest, keep contact with the other volunteer to avoid multiple visits during the same week.

   6. Eaglewatchers should always follow the EagleWatch Etiquette guidelines.

If you have not used the EagleWatch Data Portal before, you can request an account by sending an email to me.

A new Training Manual and additional instructions on how to use this feature and more on Eagle Watch monitoring protocols can be found in our new volunteer resource website:



Reinier Munguia
Audubon Florida EagleWatch Coordinator
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Cell: 863-797-7374
Office: 407-644-0190 Ext. 118