The bald eagle, our national bird, is a conservation success story. While no longer listed under the federal Endangered Species Act or state imperiled species rule, bald eagles remain protected by both the state eagle rule (F.A.C. 68A-16.002) and federal law. Here you can find information about the FWC Bald Eagle Management Plan, eagle biology, nesting surveys, and documented eagle nest territories.
- To report a new or previously undocumented bald eagle nest, email the nest location and available photos of the nest to BaldEagle@MyFWC.com.
- For the safest and least intrusive viewing experience, please follow Eagle Watching Etiquette when observing or photographing eagles.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) removed the bald eagle from the federal endangered and threatened species list in 2007. The USFWS continues to manage eagles under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. To learn more, visit the USFWS eagle management and permitting website.
More information about permits for activities that may disturb or take bald eagles is available on the FWC Eagle Permitting page.
Public Notice: The only financial assurance the FWC is accepting at this time for conservation measure #2 listed in the FWC Bald Eagle Management Plan on pg. 34 is a surety bond. The FWC will not be accepting any other type of bond or any letters of credit until further notice. Contact WildlifePermits@MyFWC.com for more information.
Additional Links of Interest:
Quick Reference Information for Bald Eagle Regulations in Florida (448KB)
Locate an Eagle Nest Territory: Includes an interactive map, address search, export functions, and printable maps. New or undocumented nests may be reported to BaldEagle@MyFWC.com.
Guidance to Avoid Disturbance to Nesting Bald Eagles: This step-by-step guidance will help you determine if an activity near an eagle nest is likely to cause a disturbance, or if a permit is recommended for your project.
FWC Eagle Nest Monitoring Annual Reports: The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute conducts an annual survey of bald eagle nesting territories in Florida. Data collected are used to determine the statewide breeding population size and trends.
FWC Bald Eagle Management Plan (BEMP): This plan serves as a conservation blueprint for the species and was developed with input from government, stakeholder, and public partners. Contact Eagle_Plan@MyFWC.com for additional information or assistance.
FWC Bald Eagle Information Brochure (1.7MB)