The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducts an annual statewide survey of a portion (approximately 1/3rd to 1/5th) of the known bald eagle nesting territories in Florida. The nests that are surveyed each year are rotated so that every known bald eagle nesting territory in Florida is surveyed at least once every 3 to 5 years. Documented nest territories are flown by fixed-wing aircraft between November and March, a time when bald eagles are most likely to be observed at their nests. New or undocumented nests are searched for periodically by staff as both a routine duty and when nests are reported to the FWC.
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 breeding population trend. Continuing this survey is critical for the conservation and management of the bald eagle in Florida. Annual nesting surveys enable us to monitor the population of the bald eagle following removal from the list of threatened and endangered species.
Below are the annual reports that provide a summary of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) bald eagle nest surveys in Florida.
2013-2014 Annual Monitoring Report
2012-2013 Annual Monitoring Report
2011-2012 Annual Monitoring Report
2010-2011 Annual Monitoring Report
2009-2010 Annual Monitoring Report
2008-2009 Annual Monitoring Report
2007-2008 Annual Monitoring Report
2006-2007 Annual Monitoring Report