Become an EagleWatch Volunteer!

Audubon Florida's EagleWatch Program started in 1992 at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, and this team of volunteers now spans 42 counties monitoring more than 600 nests. Since urban eagle nesting activity in Florida has increased dramatically in the last decades, the EagleWatch Program seeks to:

1. Compile data for publication to document urban nesting activity.
2. Emphasize monitoring of urban pairs to record long-term nesting trends.
3. Identify potential threats to nesting success since most threats are related directly or indirectly to human activity.

Bald Eagle Fledglings

Duval Audubon members participate in the statewide program, monitoring nests in Duval, Nassau and Clay counties. The NE Florida program, coordinated by Shawnlei Breeding (contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), also covers St. Johns and Putnam counties. The season runs from September to June.

Despite delisting as an endangered species, Bald Eagles clearly still need advocacy and protection. It is estimated that the average fledge rate is 75% across the state and that only 50% of fledglings survive the first year. Development is a constant challenge; however, Audubon’s EagleWatch citizen science program is very effective tool, with dedicated observers visiting their assigned nests regularly, going out after storms, identifying threats, and getting help to the birds as they need it.

To learn more about Audubon Florida's EagleWatch program, visit