The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducts an annual statewide survey of all known bald eagle nesting territories in Florida. The survey is conducted between November and March. Surveys are flown by fixed- or rotary-winged aircraft. New nests are searched for periodically by FWC staffers as both a routine duty and when new nests are reported to the FWC prior to the survey. Repeating the procedures and patterns of the survey ensures that the study is comparable among years. All nesting and productivity data for bald eagles in Florida are compiled and analyzed to generate annual population estimates that are used to determine the Florida eagle population trend. Continuing this survey is critical for the conservation and management of the bald eagle in Florida. This will enable us to monitor the population of the bald eagle since its removal from the list of threatened and endangered species.
Below are the reports that provide a summary of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) annual bald eagle nest surveys in Florida.
2011-2012 Annual Monitoring Report (524KB)
2010-2011 Annual Monitoring Report (527KB)
2009-2010 Annual Monitoring Report (382KB)
2008-2009 Annual Monitoring Report (356KB)
2007-2008 Annual Monitoring Report (143KB)
2006-2007 Annual Monitoring Report (770KB)