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South Florida Audubon Society EagleWatch Program

The South Florida Audubon Society is part of the Audubon Florida EagleWatch Program, which monitors over 1,000 eagle nests across Florida. The program has expanded to numerous communities statewide, raising awareness of eagle nesting activities and fostering conservation efforts for this iconic species.

Florida is renowned for its dense population of nesting bald eagles, hosting about 1,500 pairs—one of the highest concentrations in the lower 48 states. These eagles, thriving around the state’s lakes, rivers, and coastal areas, provide a mesmerizing experience for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.

Significant conservation efforts have led to the bald eagle’s removal from the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007 and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s imperiled species list in 2008. Nevertheless, they are still safeguarded under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Florida’s bald eagle rule.

The EagleWatch Program provides valuable information on nesting activity and current population trends of eagles in Florida. As a volunteer, you’ll spend some time monitoring one or more eagle nests in your vicinity. These observations help eagle biologists determine the best conservation measures to ensure the species’ success. Additionally, the reports may be used by law enforcement agencies to prevent any harm to the birds and their nesting sites.

The South Florida Audubon Society invites you to the Broward Bald Eagle Forum to share your experiences, photographs, and narratives about the bald eagles in South Florida. While our focus is primarily on Broward County, we warmly welcome discussions about eagle observations from other regions in South Florida.