News From The Nest – April 2017

The eaglets have landed!

Finally! The Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary have two eaglets in the nest.

Last week, through a high-powered lens, two small, fuzzy, eaglet heads were seen reaching up for food being delivered into the nest by the adult eagles.

One eaglet appears considerably larger than the other, an indication that the two eggs hatched a few days apart. The adult male eagle, Paleo, is busy all day fishing and flying his catch back to the nest. Calusa, the adult female, is busy in the nest keeping the eaglets warm and protected from crows and hawks, and feeding fish to her eaglets that she has shredded for easier consumption.

Eaglets grow at a very rapid pace reaching adult size by 12 weeks. They will fledge from the nest between 10 to 12 weeks, but return to their nest to roost and be fed for a few more weeks. Throughout each day, people are seen at the Preserve with their binoculars and long lens cameras attempting to get a closer look at the eagle family activities. There has been considerable interest and numerous requests for eagle cams to provide close up viewing of the eagles at the Preserve.

Marco Island Needs Eagle Cams

One of the objectives for Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary is to educate the importance of preserving our island’s green space and protecting its’ wildlife. Broadcasting our eagles activity through an online eagle cam will make it easy for our school age children and eagle lovers everywhere to view these magnificent birds from anywhere in the world. We have all heard the adage, “a picture says a thousand words”. Imagine how many words an eagle cam would say!

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) is the parent organization for the Preserve project located at 665 Tigertail Court. The Foundation is currently fundraising for eagle cam system to be installed on the Preserve by September of 2017, before the next bald eagle nesting season in October. Required for this costly project are two high tech pan and zoom cameras that can withstand water, salt, wind and dust, a computer and software for transmission, waterproof computer housing, crane installation, electrical, internet and broadband connections.

Paleo and Calusa our current resident eagles were named by the Tommie Barfield Elementary 2011 fifth grade class. There have been eagles residing on the preserve property since the 1970’s, most likely Paleo or Calusa’s are relatives of those since offspring’s always come back to the nest where they were born to start their families if the nest is available. The bald eagle, a state and federally protected species, holds a special status of prominence as America’s symbol of freedom and strength. The bald eagle also holds symbolic significance on Marco Island as well since the City of Marco Island’s Logo contains an Eagle, and the mascot for the Marco Island Charter Middle School is an Eagle. The Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary

Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s plan for the Nature Preserve project is to preserve and protect the site for generations to come. The preservation will include additional native trees and plants to draw new bird species, butterflies, and wildlife. Walking paths will be installed for bird watchers to enjoy, and a small learning center. The walking paths will be used for bird watching and guided tours when the eagles are not nesting. The learning center will provide interactive video stations for visitors to learn more about the eagles as well as the ECO system that makes up the Nature Preserve, and a controlled entrance onto and exit from the Preserve walking paths. The learning center will be located at the Preserve’s southern corner, 330 feet from the nesting tree compliant with state and federal restriction on construction activity around an eagles nest. Collaborating with Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation on the Nature Preserve project are FGCU, the Naples Botanical Garden, Rookery Bay National Marine Reserve, Defenders of Wildlife (Southwest Florida), Florida Native Plant Society (Naples Chapter), Keep Collier Beautiful, and the Collier County Public Schools Department of Science and Environment to name a few.

To Donate For Eagle Cams

Let’s keep an eagle eye on our bald eagles, Paleo and Calusa. If you would like to be able to follow our eagles activity and nesting process online please donate to our eagle cam project.

To donate by credit card, please visit either of our two websites: or,

Click on “Eagle Cam Fundraising” Button

To donate by check, indicate your donation is for the eagle cams and mail to
Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary
P.O. Box 983
Marco Island, Florida, 34146.

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), federally registered, 100%volunteer organization. For additional information call 239 269-1754.

One Reply to “News From The Nest – April 2017”

  1. Humphrey Sarlo

    Have you ever watched the eagle web-cams of Ft. Myers or NE Florida or Decorah ? How sad that Marco Island’s web-cam is so inferior to theirs, not to say useless. Why couldn’t your camera be located so that the nest would be visible? It seems you are more worried about disturbing the eagles than providing enjoyment for God’s greatest creation, human beings. Step it up, Marco Island, you can do better.


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