The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Bald Eagles, Paleo and Calusa, are taking turns nesting and keeping the eggs warm. Calusa is hunkered down into the nest the majority of the time as Paleo brings her food for nourishment. We are estimating that the eggs will hatch approximately mid-January.
With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) respectfully requests that anyone living, renting, or vacationing in a home bordering the sanctuary or near the sanctuary neighborhood, please refrain from shooting fireworks or canons. The eagles are terrified of sudden loud and explosive sounds in such a close proximity to their habitat and are even more sensitive during nesting season.
Last year on New Year’s Eve, a canon and extremely loud fireworks were set off from properties near the Marco Eagle Sanctuary which scared the eagles and caused them to leave their nest and eggs. Eagle eggs cannot survive more then than a couple of hours unprotected. Unfortunately and much to Marco Island’s loss, the eggs failed.
The bald eagle, our national symbol, is a state and federally protected species. Community cooperation is greatly needed and very much appreciated. As we celebrate the holidays, MESF is thankful for the wonderful support from Marcoites and especially from the Snook Inn. The November “Welcome Back to the Nest” Celebration was sold out and a great success.
As we wait to celebrate the arrival of new eaglets at the sanctuary, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation wishes everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.
Linda J. Turner
Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation director of operations