Bald Eagle Nesting Season officially ended in May, but the Marco Eagle Sanctuary resident bald eagles, Paleo and Calusa, are still roosting in the sanctuary year round. Sadly, the eggs in the nest did not survive the past nesting season. On New Year’s Eve, a canon and extremely loud fireworks were set off from properties bordering the 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.
As the Fourth of July holiday is fast approaching, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) respectfully requests that anyone living, renting, or vacationing in a home near the sanctuary, please refrain from shooting fireworks or canons in this neighborhood. Eagles will not abandon their nesting location following loud traumatic noises.
A good example to support this is an incident which took place in Norfolk, Virginia, when the city attempted to make a pair of eagles move by blasting them with loud noises until the community stepped in. Once the attacking noise assault was ceased, the eagles returned to their nesting area and continued their normal activities.
The bald eagle, our national symbol, is a state and federally protected species. The eagles are terrified of sudden loud and explosive sounds in such a close proximity to their habitat so your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation wishes everyone a very happy and safe Fourth of July. God bless America.