Join Our Friends of the Preserve Family

The Marco Island Nature Preserve and Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation is more than just an organization—we are a family. Join us in our mission to keep the Nature Preserve a reality for generations.

By becoming a Friend of the Marco Island Nature Preserve you support our vital work to care for and protect the Preserve and U.S.A.’s National Symbol, the majestic Bald Eagle. If you’re not a Friend, please join today! All of our annual Friend levels come with free sign-up gifts.

Our annual Friend Memberships renew every year. If at any time you wish to cancel your Friend Membership just return your annual request for renewal to us marked “do not want to continue” and we will remove you from our Friends roster. If you would like to switch to another Friend Membership level upon renewal, you can select a new level on your renewal request form and send the appropriate donation with your form.

As long as your Friend Membership is active in your account, you will continue to enjoy exclusive member benefits:

  • Access to Friends only content on www.MarcoIslandNaturePreserve.org
  • Participation in Friends only contests and promotions
  • Access to Friends only products and pricing

The following levels of annual Friends of the Preserve Memberships are available:

Platinum Status

Along with the previously mentioned benefits you will receive two Nature Preserve shirts, your choice of male or female, a hat, a certificate of membership status, and an opportunity to be recognized on our web site list of Friends (if you so desire). The Friends Membership fee is $1,500.

Gold Status

Along with the previously mentioned benefits you will receive one Nature Preserve shirt, your choice of male or female, a hat, a certificate of membership status, and an opportunity to be recognized on our web site list of Friends (if you so desire). The Friends Membership fee is $1,000.

Silver Status

Along with the previously mentioned benefits you will receive a hat, a certificate of membership status, and an opportunity to be recognized on our web site list of Friends (if you so desire). The Friends Membership fee is $500.

One time contribution of less than $500

Any one time contribution of less than $500 will receive these exclusive member benefits for a period of one year:

  • Access to Friends only content on www.MarcoIslandNaturePreserve.org
  • Participation in Friends only contests and promotions
  • Access to Friends only products and pricing

For more information download the Friends pledge form

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THANK YOU for your support!

Friend Memberships are non-refundable. Membership status gifts do not renew annually. If you would like to gift a Membership to someone else, please use the Friends pledge form and fill out the information for the person receiving the gift and enclose the membership fee. We will send the person a notice with his or her package recognizing you as the purchaser of the gift and give them the option to renew the following year if you choose the annual option!

3 Replies to “Join Our Friends of the Preserve Family”

  1. Bob Hohn

    How will putting a building and path and drawing thousands of visitors be positive for the nesting eagles, who naturally shun human contact? I agree that that it’s important to teach youth about nature but this isn’t the right way to do it and certainly doesn’t set a good example of non-interference.

    “Eco-tourism” should be allowed to run its course based on what is there naturally, and not be man made. The Marco area’s biggest threat to nature is the commercialization that has been taking place, and this nature center just adds to that, no matter how you spin it.

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  2. Carl H. Way

    I respect your opinion but I would also like you to know The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the ECO system that provides a home to our nesting pair of American Bald Eagles. We have worked with FWC, FGCU, and The Rookery Bay to mention only a few of the organizations to develop and maintain the proper balance of education, environmental, and wildlife protection for our Preserve. Our plans include not having access to the property for guests or bird watchers during the eagle’s nesting season, providing online educational classes available to all schools not only in our community but worldwide, and keeping in accordance with all Federal, State and local laws related to the bald eagles and their environment.

    We have been providing a location along the sidewalk which runs along the east side of the Preserve, 170 feet from the eagle’s nest to view the nest for over 6 years now without interfering with their nesting activity. Eagles, as you might be aware choose their nest location and the environment around their nest and tolerate what they wish to deal with. The other nest on Marco sits in the middle of the Island Country Club with golfers and activities directly beneath them. Again, they chose the spot and the Country Club goes on with their business as usual with respect for the eagles.

    We would never give our eagles a reason to think they were not protected and have always put them first. We have had 2 to 3 thousand visitors come to the Preserve every nesting season for the last 6 and a half years and are proud of the way they handle themselves respecting the limitations on their visits.

    Like The Rookery we want people to appreciate the environment by giving them an opportunity see it up close and to interact with respect.

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    • Liz Abbott Youngs

      Hello all, we were just in Marco Island for a week and fell in love with the area as everyone does. We are avid birdwatchers – my father (now deceased) was Jackson Miles Abbott, well known Eagle expert along the east coast, particularly in Virginia. Through his work DDT was banned from use and the Eagle population across America grew again as a result of the banning of this horrible pesticide. We cannot share how much we enjoyed the Marco Island Sanctuary and being able to daily (more than once) check on your Eagles. What a miraculous sight to see, and so close to the nest. We met so many good people who love birds as much as we do. The Eagle is the most magnificent, stunning if not sacred of all. We did feel believe it or not, that we – people on the sidewalk – were too close to them daily. But they didn’t seem to mind actually, so we felt honored to be able to join in and view close up the beauty of this Eagle family. If they don’t mind, then I don’t think we should mind. Once the Eagle’s feel threatened, they’ll go elsewhere. If the new paths are carefully constructed, the hope is that these Eagles will continue to call your Sanctuary their annual nesting ground and home. Coming to your Sanctuary became daily routine for us, where as we normally would have driven far to do any bird watching. I wish my house was right there on Tigertail Court so we could be more involved and see the nest all the time. I know you’ll take great care whatever you do to change the preserve and allow more people to enjoy Mother Nature. I do feel Marco was a crowded island and I wish there were many more parks like yours and more natural setting – you’ve done a great job preserving what you have and working hard to save what you did there at that area. Thank you for not allowing developers in to ruin that. Watching small children come daily, was wonderful. Our own son, who is 30 with a disability – was enchanted by seeing the Eagles – he wanted to go daily. Most people never get that close. Its is a true gift and a good education for anyone that would take the time to go and see the amazing site. We will be ordering bricks and joining your group. It changed us to be there and witness such spectacular birds so close. Continue to take care of the area, it’s a a gem and needs to be preserved.

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