Eagle Cam / North Fort Myers /Dick Pritchett Real Estate
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- History of chicks at this nest….2011/12-1 chick, 2010/11- 1 chick, 2009/10-1 chick, 2008/09-2 chicks
- The eagles have had their names ever since they moved onto the property in 2006/07. Ozzie and Harriet
- The nest resides 60 feet above the ground, in a Slash Pine tree. The camera faces South East.
- Nesting season begins here in South FL Oct. 1. The eagles stay until late April or May.
- These bald eagles have been coming to this nest for the past 6 years. They reside in this nest between the months of October and April. Before building this nest in 2006/07, the pair had a nest on the opposite side of Bayshore Road. This location is now known as Eagle Landing. These mature, mating pair continue to make Southwest Florida their winter home.
- This year, DPRE is excited to have a live look into their Southwest Florida nest. They have installed a camera that will film the birds 24/7 and stream live video directly to this site. The camera is positioned 6 feet above the nest. It is attached to a tree limb using no screws or nails in order to preserve the tree. The camera's night vision is an infrared light which emits no actual light. Nor does it make any noise. The birds do not see or hear anything coming from the camera.
- The objective of this camera is to bring these beautiful birds into our homes. The goal of DPRE is to foster appreciation, admiration and respect for these magnificent creatures. Our intentions are to learn from these birds so we may better understand them and their habits.
- This nest is labeled LEO26B of the Florida State Monitoring Program. It has been monitored for 5 years at its current location. The pair relocated the nest in 2006/07 to its present location.
- There are 133 nests in a 25 mile radius.
- Closet nest is one mile.
Eagles Nest in the News:
News-Press Article- October 4, 2003
`It's real obvious this one was intentional' By WENDY FULLERTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Authorities want to know who killed a pine tree in North Fort Myers where a bald eagle has nested for more than a decade. Rick Joyce, Lee County environmental sciences division director, said someone knocked off the bark in a ring around the tree, which severs the roots from the needles and starves the tree. "It's real obvious this one was intentional,'' he said. It is a federal crime to disturb an eagle's nest.
The maximum fine is $25,000 and a year in jail. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been contacted, Joyce said. Earlier this week, a passerby spotted the dying tree on Donald Road, located on the south side of Bayshore Road halfway between U.S. 41 and Interstate 75, and reported it to Lee County officials. The county has monitored the nest - one of 40 active nests in the county - since 1990 and has recorded 21 baby eagles. Bald eagle nesting season began Wednesday and runs through May 15. Eagles have been spotted in the area, but it's unlikely the nest will be used this year, county environmental sciences director Rick Joyce said. "Generally, eagles prefer live trees because they like the shade associated with them,'' he said. Florida has the largest population of bald eagles south of Alaska. Last year, the state recorded 1,133 nests. Bald eagles return to the same nest year after year. The nests can reach 20 feet across and weigh up to 4,000 pounds. Tim Digennaro, 44, lived on Donald Road for five years. He'd pass by the nest every day. "It bothers me very much,'' he said. "There'd always be cars there watching the eagles. "It was just very enjoyable to go by and watch it.'' The nest is on a 57-acre piece of land where discussions about a proposed 200-unit development were initiated about a year ago. Developers face tough federal, state and local guidelines if they want to build around an active eagle's nest. The property owner, Leonard Wulwick of Miami Beach, could not be reached for comment. A woman who answered the telephone Friday said the family had owned the property for more than 50 years and has no plans to build on it.