A Citizen Science Program OF THE
Maryland Bird Conservation PARTNERSHIP
The recovery of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle, is considered one of the greatest conservation successes of the 20th century. From an all-time low of 44 nesting pairs in the state in 1977, at least 700 pairs currently breed in Maryland. Today, the Chesapeake Bay region hosts the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is recruiting volunteers to find and report Bald Eagle nests throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia, and to assist with monitoring these nests. Continue reading below to learn more about this program and how you can get involved. Click a link or picture below to go to additional pages and resources.
OUR NEED TO MONITOR BALD EAGLES
State-funded surveys of Maryland’s Bald Eagle population were discontinued in 2005. Since then, the continuous threats from pollution (to Eagles and their food sources), increased frequency of violent storms (loss of Eagle nests), coastal development (increased disturbance near nest sites and loss of habitat), and degraded fish populations in various tidal watersheds (food sources for Eagles) all contribute to the compelling need for renewed monitoring of Bald Eagles in our state. In addition, the monitoring program provides valuable data to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for the Bald Eagle post-delisting monitoring requirements.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
You can become a volunteer Bald Eagle nest monitor. Turn a desire to observe wildlife into a contribution to conservation of our Nation's iconic symbol. All you need are a spotting or binoculars and three days of free time spread out over the breeding season (January through July), and a small amount of time to get trained and to input your data. With a little bit of training you can become a volunteer eagle nest monitor and contribute to bird conservation in Maryland. Renew your connection to wildlife, monitor an eagle nest and help assure that society has the data necessary to make sound decisions about Bald Eagle conservation. Our friends in Virginia should contact The Center for Conservation Biology and consider volunteering for their annual Bald Eagle Survey.
You can also download, print, and hand out our flyer "Bald Eagles are nesting in this neighborhood!" to local businesses and residents where an eagle nest exists.
HOW DO I BECOME A NEST MONITOR?
To REGISTER as a Bald Eagle nest monitor with the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership, you will need to watch a training video, answer three questions about the video and provide your contact information. We need this information to contact you if we have any questions about the data that you collect and to provide you with a seasonal summary of the annual monitoring results.
CLICK HERE to access the video and registration form.
Below is a map created by the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership showing known Bald Eagle nests. If you know of a nest that is not on this map, please REPORT IT! You will have the option to monitor any new nest your report.
To report a wildlife crime against a Bald Eagle, call 1-844-FWS-TIPS (1-844-397-8477).
Inquiries concerning regulatory issues related to Bald Eagle nests should be directed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Permit Office, (413) 253-8643.
Questions? Email our project coordinator at email@example.com