Eagle Population
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 Eagle Nest Locator 

Introduction: Florida supports the largest number of breeding bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) of any southeastern state. Approximately 70% of the occupied nesting territories in the Southeast are in Florida. As development of Florida's coastal and freshwater riparian environments increases, the direct and indirect effects of pollution, habitat disturbance, and habitat loss on nesting bald eagles will accelerate. Bald eagles will be among the first species to respond to these impacts.

Known eagle nesting territories within the state were surveyed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) during the 2002 nesting season with fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft beginning in late November 2001 and extending through mid-April 2002. Nest locations were determined with the use of aircraft-based Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Accuracy of locations is estimated to be within 0.1 miles of the true location. Locations are given in longitude and latitude to hundredths of a minute. The Township, Range, and Section of each nest location are also provided. Township, Range, and Section were determined from the Public Land Survey System grid that includes Land Grant parcels. Yearly nest activity status is listed for the 1998 through 2002 nesting seasons. "Y" denotes an active nest, "N" denotes an inactive nest, and "-" denotes an unobserved nest or a nest whose activity status is unknown. The "last" column, indicates which year the nest was last active.

Nest data can be searched for by FWC Nest ID, by Florida county , by Township, Range, and Section, or by proximity to a user-specified point of interest. Instructions for using the search engines are listed above each corresponding search.

Please Note: This database contains records for all known and verified bald eagle nests in the state of Florida that were surveyed by the FWC during the period 1998-2002. Nests discovered more recently than this are not yet included in the database. Each year, a number of new nest sites are found. For this reason, users of this database are cautioned that the absence of an eagle nest record for a given property does not necessarily mean nesting eagles are not present. This nest locator service is not meant to replace a specific on-the-ground survey. Approximately 75% of the bald eagle nests in Florida are located on private land. Providing these locations does not confer any permission by FWC to access private property.

Instructions for requesting eagle nest data by FWC Nest ID, Florida county, or by Township, Range, and Section.

Please select appropriate fields and search criteria from the drop-down lists provided, enter desired values for the selected fields, and click on the "Submit" button to perform the search. Found nests will be uniquely identified by a two-letter county abbreviation and sequential nest number (e.g. nest #1 in Alachua county will be identified as AL001).

Florida counties in which eagle nests are located have names consisting of either one or two words. Counties with two-word names include De Soto, Indian River, Palm Beach, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Santa Rosa. To search for nests located in a particular county (e.g. De Soto), make the following selections:

Criteria #1: County   Is Equal To   De Soto

Nest locations are also specified by Township, Range, and Section. Possible values for Township will always consist of a 2-digit number and either the letter "N" or the letter "S" (e.g. 02N or 27S). Possible values for Range will always consist of a 2-digit number and either the letter "E" or the letter "W" (e.g. 05E or 18W). Possible values for Section will always consist of a number with at least 2 digits (e.g. 03, 36, or 107). To search for nests located in a specific Township, Range, and Section (e.g. 26S 29E 02), make the following selections:

Criteria #1:  Township  Is Equal To    26S
Criteria #2:   Range     Is Equal To    29E
Criteria #3:   Section   Is Equal To    02

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Eagle Nest Locations Instructions for requesting eagle nest data by specifying proximity to a point of interest:

Please specify the location of a point of interest and a distance from this point. After clicking on the “Submit” button, the search will find all nests located within the specified number of miles from the point. Additional data returned by this search include the distance in miles from the point of interest to the found nest and the bearing and direction of the nest relative to the point. The longitude and latitude of the point of interest must be specified in degrees and minutes; the distance is specified in miles. For example, to search for all eagle nests located within 30 miles of the town of Perry FL, enter a latitude of 30 degrees, 7.90 minutes and a longitude of 83 degrees, 34.68 minutes, and a distance of 30 miles. Latitude/longitude coordinates for a point of interest can be determined using a variety of sources, including the Florida Atlas & Gazetteer, paper or electronic United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps such as those available at www.TopoZone.com, or a GPS unit.

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This site is compiled and maintained by Wildlife Technology Services in the Division of Wildlife for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was last modified: Feb 7, 2003.

Bald eagle nest location data are current as of the end of the 2002 nesting season (mid-April 2002). Yearly nest activity status is available for the years 1998 through 2002