2009-2017 Citizen Scientist Data for Fox River Eagles

WDNR wildlife specialists Bryan Woodbury, and Joseph Henry presented the 2009-2017 Citizen Scientist Data for Fox River Eagles at the January 13th Eagle Monitoring Volunteer Reception. Some of the most interesting data included the increase in sightings from 2009 to 2017 during the five months during which monitoring is conducted. On the average, there has been about a 50% increase.

The month of January is typically the month in which the most sightings are observed.

The largest count of eagles occurred in 2013 and again in 2017. Can’t wait to see the results for 2018.

Monitoring eagles is infectious. Once you try it, you’ll be waiting for the next month you can do it again. For more information contact Cheryl Root. No experience is necessary; all ages welcome!

Read full Fox River Eagle Survey report.


January 20th, 2018 Presentations

The comeback of the eagle is a symbol of the importance of conservation and preservation of our natural resources.  Presentations at the Neenah Library focused on our waterways and wetlands as well as the successful management of the sturgeon population in the Fox-Wolf waterway system.

Yearend Eagle Monitoring Report

Saturday, January 13, 2018 was the annual reception for eagle monitors and the public to get an update on the status on the eagles in the Fox Valley. Some of the interesting things we learned include:

  • Eagles can see a fish under water from one-half mile away
  • Eagles are territorial for approximately a one-half mile radius around their nest during nesting, but not so intolerant of other eagles after the eaglets have fledged
  • Primary reason for decline in eagles has been:  logging, reduction of food source, predators and DDT
  • New River Alliance citizen science monitors began working with the WDNR’s Bald Eagle Program in 2009.
  • In 2017 the Fox Valley accounted for 176 eagle nests.
  • 2017 was a record year. There were 1590 Bald Eagle nests in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin’s Eagle Data Area 2 had the highest count of eagles in North America (includes Vilas and Oneida counties)
  • Since budgets have cut, the Bald Eagle Program depends heavily upon the WDNR Donation Fund called Adopt an Eagle Nest Program administered by the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation

Citizen Scientist Data Fox River Eagles 2009-2017

Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey – 2017

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.

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)