Try this new FWS mapping tool to find a bald eagle nest near you. Type in an address, hit search, then click the hybrid or satellite view button to see where the nest is. You can look at the history of the nest to see if it is active or not, or drive to a spot on the nearest highway and watch the birds.
In Florida, Bald Eagles begin building a nest in late September or early October, but egg laying can occur anytime from October to April. Late nests are usually ‘renests’, after a first attempt has failed.
Most eagle nests in Florida are built close to water, in a large pine tree that offers a good view of the surrounding area. The female usually lays two eggs and the parents incubate the eggs for about 35 days.
The young eagles begin to fly around the nest area when they are about 11 weeks old and stay around the nest area with the parents for another month or more. Sometime between April and July, the young disperse, most fly north for the summer, often to the Chesapeake Bay area. Click here to follow the movements of a young eagle from Port St Lucie.
Florida is home to 1,133 pairs of bald eagles - more nesting pairs than any other state except Alaska and Minnesota.
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