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Shawnlei Breeding, the EagleWatch Program Coordinator for Audubon Florida approached the Peace River Audubon Society since Charlotte County has a large number of bald eagle nests but no EagleWatch volunteers actively monitoring nests in our area. The PRAS Board recommended pursuing this partnership with Audubon Florida. We encourage our members to attend one of the following training sessions on August 17th or 19th for recruiting EagleWatch volunteers to monitor active nests in our county. Training Sessions:

Ft Myers, FL (Lee county) August 17th 7:00pm-9:00pm Audubon of Southwest Florida Southwest Florida Masonic Center 10868 Metro Pkwy Ft Myers, FL 33966

Naples, FL (Collier county) August 19th 10:00am-12:00pm Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary 375 Sanctuary Road Naples, FL 34120Audubon EagleWatch, one of Audubon’s premier citizen science programs deploys boots on the ground and eyes in the field to monitor and protect Florida’s eagles.  With over 1,400 nesting pairs in our state, this team of volunteers spans 27 counties monitoring more than 350 nests.

Audubon EagleWatchers collect important data on nesting eagles in Florida including productivity,  active nest locations and possible disturbances or threats to nesting activities. The program engages volunteers and individuals to help protect our nation’s symbol.

More information including an application for EagleWatch volunteers, can be found on the Audubon Florida website. Please contact Shawnlei Breeding (contact info below) if interested in this project. Volunteering in this capacity will be a positive connection to our state Audubon group and provide meaningful bird information for our own county and community.

Shawnlei Breeding Audubon EagleWatch Program Coordinator 1101 Audubon Way Maitland, FL 32751 407-644-0190, x118

Thank you for your involvement,

Your Peace River Audubon Society Board

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