Bald Eagle
Our nation’s symbol soars in Florida

The bald eagle population is increasing in Florida, which continues to be one of the top spots in the lower 48 states for bald eagles to nest and raise their young.
By the mid-20th century, bald eagles were disappearing from the lower 48 states due to eggshells being weakened by a now-banned pesticide DDT. When the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973, only 88 active bald eagle nests were documented in Florida. Yet we found an estimated 1,511 active bald eagle nesting territories in 2012! Today Florida is among the best places in the continental U.S. to look for bald eagles, especially near inland lakes and coastal areas where they hunt for fish and other prey. While no longer endangered, the bald eagle remains protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and state rule. It is illegal to feed, disturb, take or possess a bald eagle, its feathers, nest or eggs. Florida’s eagle population depends on continued availability of appropriate nesting and foraging habitats, as well as protection from disturbance during the October-May nesting season. You can help bald eagles by keeping a safe distance from nests and properly disposing of fishing line. Fishing line left lying around can entangle, maim and kill eagles and many other wildlife species.
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