Before the 1950’s Florida was the second State with most Eagles in the United States. There was a man called Charles Broley (he wrote a book called “Eagle Man” if you’re interested in learning more about Eagle History. Mr Broley was a citizen scientist and had many questions he wondered about (just like me) - one thing he wanted to know was if Eagles Migrated from Florida. He got a permit to start Banding Eagles in their nests. Florida is unique because we have many Eagle nests that can be observed, many along our coastlines. That’s what I did yesterday - I watched this pair of eagles continue to renovate their nest fir the upcoming season. Mr Broley found that indeed Eagles did migrate in the summer months - either up to the Mississippi Valley or to the Chesapeake Bay Area. It was an important discovery. In climbing nests and Banding baby eagles he also noticed a decline in the hatchlings and that observation led to studies linking DDT to mortality and loss of fertile eggs in the Eagle population. This combined with a particularly harsh Hurricane season in the mind 1950’s led to a decline in Florida’s Eagle population. Today the state ranks third in the country and hopefully Eagles 🦅 will continue to be a protected species in the US. It’s a true privilege to see them nest and raise their young in such beautiful habitat and catch a glimpse into the miracle of nature as their baby’s hatch and later take flight - the season begins October 1st to May 1st. Happy Sunday my friends!!!