General Information

Photo of a soaring Bald EagleFlorida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs. Concentrations of nesting territories are clustered around several significant lake, river, and coastal systems throughout the state. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has monitored the population of nesting bald eagles in Florida for over 40 years. 

The bald eagle was removed from the USFWS endangered species list and the FWC imperiled species list in 2007 and 2008, respectively. The bald eagle continues to be protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, along with the state bald eagle rule (F.A.C. 68A-16.002). The FWC has developed and implemented a Bald Eagle Management PlanAdobe PDF which outlines strategies to maintain the Florida population of bald eagles at or above levels specified in the conservation goals and objectives of the plan.

To learn more about bald eagles in Florida, please review the highlights section below. 


Species Profile: Information about the appearance, habitats, and behavior of bald eagles in Florida. 

General Biology: Bald eagles have some biological characteristics unique to Florida. Learn about general and state-specific bald eagle biology here. 

Conservation Status: A summary of current status and a historical perspective on eagle conservation are provided here. 

Nest Locations:  Bald eagle nesting territories are located throughout the state of Florida. View a map of current and historic nest territories documented by the FWC.

Bald Eagle FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): A list of frequently asked questions regarding bald eagles in Florida, regulations that protect bald eagles, and current management efforts. 

Additional Links of Interest: External Website

USFWS Division of Migratory Birds - Bald Eagle Website

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird Guide


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