Resurgence of Eagles in Fox Valley

Effort focuses on bald eagle Resurgence” is the title of an article by Madeleine Behr which appeared in the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper recently. The article talks about the resurgence of the eagle population along the Fox River and its surrounding communities in the Appleton, Wisconsin area.

It also talks a bit about the history of the clean-up of the Fox River and the impact that has had, as well as the impact citizen scientists have had on on the resurgence of the eagles. Started by retired WDNR wildlife biologist Dick Nickolai, since 2008 volunteers have undertaken eagle monitoring in the Fox Valley. Data shows that we now have 33 eagle nests in the area.

Lastly, it mentions Eagle Days Along the Fox. An annual celebration where citizens can monitor and learn about the Bald Eagles on the Fox River. Next  year’s planned events will be held on January 13th and 20th.

To read the entire article.

See also Eagle Days Along the Fox.

Eagle encounters on the Fox

“Eagle encounters on the Fox” is the title of an article written by Tim Sweet which appears in the December 2017 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Tim does a good job of writing about eagle-watching during the winter months along the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin and surrounding communities. He also talks about the eagles recovery from near extinction and the citizen science efforts which have helped track their recovery.

The article contains a number of awesome photos of eagles in various habitat locations as well as a list of eagle-watching events throughout the State.

Read the entire article here.

Eagle Monitoring in the Fox Valley

Winter is almost here which means hundreds of eagles will be making the Fox River Valley in the Appleton, Wisconsin area their destination headquarters for the winter months.

Northeast Wisconsin Alliance will again be organizing eagle monitoring along the Fox. Data collected is sent to the WDNR for ongoing study.

  • Monitoring takes place the second Saturday of each month from November through March at twenty-five sites along the Fox River from Lake Winnebago to Wrightstown Bridge.
  • Monitoring begins on-half hour before daybreak and continues ninety minutes thereafter.

The first session will be held Saturday, November 11th beginning at 6:10 a.m. Anyone interested should contact Cheryl at  by Thursday, November 3rd. No experience necessary; all ages and families welcome.


If you’re interested in getting involved with eagle monitoring, contact Cheryl Root. Monitoring takes only 90 minutes of the early morning and requires you take notes about the time, type (juvenile or adult), and how many eagles you see. During Eagle Days Along the Fox, citizen scientists get together for a reception and an update on the previous year’s events.

Soar with Eagle Days Along the Fox River

randy-mcsorley-picture-3January Soars with Eagle Day Events along the Fox!

Thousand Islands along with Northeast Wisconsin Alliance, the WI DNR, and other interested enthusiasts have collaborated to create opportunities during the month of January for people near and far to learn about and enjoy viewing the Bald Eagles that make the Fox Valley their home. Click on Schedule for details of speakers and viewing opportunities provided throughout the month of January.  Come and soar with us!

  • January 14  Mid-Winter Eagle Monitoring at designated sites.
    • Presentation at Atlas Waterfront Cafe’
  • January 21-22  Various Eagle Education Programs
    • Paper Discovery Center
    • Neenah Public Library

 Self-Guided Viewing Locations along the Fox River —

  • January 28  Various Eagle Education Programs
    • 1000 Islands Environmental Center

Guided Viewing Locations along the Fox River (Kaukana locations only)