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Bald Eagle Information

Eagle Pic John McConnel

Photo Courtesy of John McConnell

In August of 2007, the Bald Eagle was delisted from its threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, Bald Eagles remain protected under the Federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In 2008, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWCC) adopted the Bald Eagle Management Plan that enlists the support of local governments in Bald Eagle conservation and management. The City of Cape Coral has provided assistance to FWC by monitoring the Eagle Management Zones throughout the City. In addition, the City has also adopted a local eagle protection ordinance that further protects, enhances, and preserves the nest of the Bald Eagle and its immediate environment. 

Links to more information:

Eagle Watch Program
Eagle Affidavit
Bald Eagle Brochure
Bald Eagle Permitting Information
City of Cape Coral’s Bald Eagle Ordinance 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Species Action Plan for the Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Information

The Southern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) weighs 8-10 pounds with a wingspan of 6-7 feet. Females are larger than males, as with most raptors. The head and tails of adult eagles are white and their bodies are dark brown. Their eyes, feet and bill are yellow. Juveniles do not yet have the white head and tail, and are brown with scattered white feathers.

Bald eagles are primarily fish eaters, preying occasionally on small mammals and carrion. Eagles have been seen feeding on roadside kill alongside vultures. Bald eagle nesting season in Florida runs from October 1st until the eaglets fledge, which is typically around May 15th of the following year. Eagles mate for life and use the same nest year after year, if available. In Florida, the eagles who migrate usually return in late September or early October. Cape Coral’s Bald Eagles have been seen in their nest territory during summer as well.

Mature females lay one to three eggs between late November and early January. The young eaglets hatch 32-34 days later and leave the nest in 11-12 weeks, usually by mid-May. The young birds fly northward as far as Canada and return by adulthood at 4-5 years of age. Eagles mate and initiate breeding in the vicinity where they hatched.  

How Can I Help Protect the Bald Eagle?

The City of Cape Coral relies on its dedicated residents, workers, and visitors to report Bald Eagle issues to the City of Cape Coral. Protecting the Bald Eagle is a high priority for the community.

If you find or encounter any of the following situations:

  • Molesting, harassing, or killing Bald Eagles and/or damaging or destroying a Bald Eagles nest or nesting tree is a crime. Please report the violations to the City of Cape Coral at 239-574-0776 and FWC’s 24 hour hotline at 1-888-404-3922
  • Injured or wounded Bald Eagles please immediately call the Clinic Rehab of Wildlife (CROW) at 239-472-3644 or the City of Cape Coral at 239-574-0587.
  • New Bald Eagle nests please report to the City of Cape Coral at
  • Join the Bald Eagle Watch Program at