New Citizen Science Program Launched by Maryland Bird Conservation PARTNERSHIP
The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is recruiting volunteers to assist with a new effort to monitor Bald Eagle nests throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. If you are currently a volunteer, please use the links below. Otherwise, please read below to learn more about this program and how you can get involved.
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.
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 is binoculars and three days of free time spread out over the breeding season (March through July), and a short time dedication 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.
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 two 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. Both the video and registration form can be found here.