Immature bald eagles. Kaukauna Community News photo by Dan Plutchak
Immatire bald eagles. KCN file photo.

KAUKAUNA — Do you enjoy watching bald eagles and would interested in helping to track successful bald eagle nests?

Consider joining 1000 Islands Environmental Center for the 2022 Bald Eagle Nest Watch season managed through the Madison Audubon.

Submit your volunteer application HERE.

Nests that are part of the program are in Southern, Northeast and now Central Wisconsi.

The program is looking for volunteers to monitor them throughout the nesting season.

Madison Audubon began a new citizen science program in 2018 in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that seeks to better understand how bald eagles are doing in Dane County.

In 2021, Madison Audubon began partnering with 1000 Islands Environmental Center to host a Fox Valley program in Outagamie, Brown, and Winnebago Counties. Additionally, a dedicated group of volunteers who cover Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha Counties in Southeastern Wisconsin joined the band of nest-watchers.


Bald eagle family photo by Arlene Koziol
Bald eagle family photo by Arlene Koziol
  • No experience is necessary! We will host a training session to teach participants about bald eagle nesting and behavior around the nest, how to document observations and use the datasheet, and safety protocols.
  • All trainings are held online. Dates TBD, but will be mid to late January.
  • Please note: Most bald eagle nests are quite a far afield, requiring a 20-40 minute drive from where you live. We try to match you with the closest bald eagle nest to your home, but it still may require a time investment to get there. Thanks for understanding!
  • Volunteers will need to sign a data privacy form stating they won’t share the nest location with individuals outside of the program. This is to protect the bald eagles.
  • Participants should have their own transportation to the nest site as well as binoculars. A spotting scope is recommended but not required for some nests.
  • Each nest will ideally have two separate individuals (either working together or separately) assigned to it each season. This is to allow for cross-checking data and ensuring the nest still gets documented if one volunteer has to miss a week.
  • Volunteers should be able to commit to most or every week of the program. It is perfectly reasonable to need to miss a week or two here or there, and that’s ok! But we do ask that you be able to make weekly visits for most of the season.

Paid Partnership

Find out more information or fill out a volunteer interest form on the Madison Audubon website



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