Oklawaha Valley Audubon is hosting Eagle Watch Volunteer Training on Saturday, September 9th from 1-3 PM at Trout Lake Nature Center 520 East County Rd 44 Eustis FL. 32736.
Eagle Watch is a citizen science nest monitoring program coordinated by Audubon Birds of Prey in Maitland Florida since 1992. Audubon Eagle Watch volunteers collect nesting and productivity data on Florida’s American Bald Eagles around the state. The data they collect includes nest locations and any disturbances or threats to the nest during annual nesting season from 10/1 to 5/15. Eagle Watch is a premier program that monitors nesting pairs of American Bald Eagles across 40 counties in Florida. From October 2016 to May 2017 program volunteers observed over 525 nest sites, logged over 5500 volunteer hours and posted over 7500 observations in the on line Eagle Watch database.
The training will be conducted by Shawnlei Breeding the coordinator for Eagle Watch. During the training volunteers will learn general eagle nesting biology, laws pertaining to Bald Eagles, identification of nest threats, monitoring techniques and how to verify previously unreported eagle nests. Following the training volunteers will be assigned an eagles nest to monitor, observe and collect data. Volunteers will enter their observation data into the on line database, then its compiled, published and used by the federal government and Florida’s Bald Eagle Management Plan to ensure that eagles continue to thrive in Florida.
If you would like to attend this training session and be a part of this remarkable program please email Stacey Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text her at 352-409-2901 to register.