Students at St. Francis School were introduced to the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge by one of our favorite school volunteers, Miss Deb DeCesare. The eagles that we watch on the Blackwater eagle cam are located about a mile from her mother’s home in Maryland. We have been watching the eagles in this nest and one in Florida (http://www.southwestfloridaeaglecam.com/#) for 2 years now and have witnessed the hatching of about 6 different eagle eggs between the two locations since we began watching them.
It has been interesting and educational for our students to see the weather in the northeast and the southeast and compare it to ours. We have also enjoyed the beauty of nature and exploring the different options provided to us on both wildlife sanctuary websites.
Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Eagle Cam:
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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a unique and beautiful place to visit on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It encompasses over 25,000 acres on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore and has been designated a “Wetlands of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention. It is a major stop on the Atlantic Flyway, Blackwater and is a vital haven for waterfowl, as well as a sanctuary for the American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the peregrine falcon.
Friends of Blackwater is a nonprofit citizens support group founded in 1987, assisting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland and the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex to carry out their educational, interpretive, and public use missions.
Southwest Florida Eagle Cam:
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“The goal of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Foundation is to provide a unique educational resource to wildlife officials and individuals all around the world. We strive to create awareness for all raptors alike and provide financial incentives to programs who commit themselves for the conservation and education of wildlife. Resources will be used to provide education opportunities for classrooms, offices, organizations, societies and other programs that have similar goals so that we may better understand and protect eagles.”
The nest is located in Fort Myers, FL off of Bayshore road on the property of Dick Pritchett Real Estate. Securely built inside two branches of a Slash Pine tree, the nest is approximately 60 feet from the ground. The surrounding area is approximately 135 acres and includes a horse pasture, small pond, and the office ofDick Pritchett Real Estate.
Ozzie and Harriet’s nest is a short 1 mile flight away from the Caloosahatchee River, which serves as their primary food source. The pair of eagles rely mostly on fish from the river (Mullet, Catfish, Red Fish, Snook, Gar), but may also eat small rodents if the opportunity presents itself.