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9 Bald Eagle Chicks Fledge on Islands

May 30, 2023
bald eagles perching on branch

A total of nine bald eagle chicks (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fledged this year on Sanibel, Captiva, and North Captiva, despite Hurricane Ian wiping out all known nests last fall.

a bald eagle with two chicks in a nest

With the help of partners and volunteers, SCCF monitors bald eagle nests on the islands during the nesting season (Oct. 1 to May 15) and reports data to the Audubon Society’s EagleWatch program.

“It was a challenging season for bald eagles, but they wasted no time rebuilding their nests and laying eggs,” said SCCF Shorebird Technician Aaron White. “Rebuilding is a particular feat for bald eagles, which typically re-use and build upon the same nest year after year.”

Among the 10 breeding pairs SCCF monitors, seven successfully nested and fledged chicks. Two pairs didn’t renest, while one nest failed due to an unknown cause.

“The eagles really bounced back from Hurricane Ian, and we’re hopeful the rest of the nesting wildlife across the islands will do the same,” White said.


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