Pride and Jewel (January 29, 2016)

photo credit: Ken Schneider

In 2016, the Pembroke Pines Bald Eagles successfully raised a single eaglet after their first brood was destroyed in a storm in mid-January. Two months later they hatched out 2 eaglets, but only one survived. Spirit, at 4 months old, was photographed in west Miramar wetlands on July 17, 2016.

Volunteers have been monitoring a Bald Eagle nest in Pembroke Pines since it was first located in March, 2008. This was the first known active nest in Broward County since the use of DDT was prohibited in the early 1970s. Over seven breeding seasons the original pair of eagles (named Pride and Joy) produced 13 known eaglets, of which 11 survived to fly freely.

In October, 2014, Joy suddenly disappeared but in early December Pride found a new young mate, Jewel. She was barely 4 years old, at the lower age limit for successful breeding. The new mate indeed failed to breed that winter, but in the autumn of 2015 the pair returned to renovate the same nest.

photo credit: Ken Schneider

Follow Dr. Ken Schneider's blog about the Broward County eagles.  Additional photos are also available.  He also maintains a forum about our eagles.

Additional Information about Bald Eagles can be found at the following links:

Audubon - Bald Eagles
Bald Eagle as National Symbol

South Florida Audubon Society