Some of the Nests We Study

In this section, you will find information on five of our most intensively studied Bald Eagle nests: Hygiene, Boulder Creek, Erie, CR16, and Stearns.  At each of these nests, we have documented the fascinating period of post-fledge dependence (PFD). During this 6-8 week period, the juvenile eagles are fully supported by their parents before setting off on their own—a transition known as “dispersal.”

Because of the unusual polygamous pairing of eagles at the Erie and CR16 nests, we have included additional detail to their stories. Similarly, we include more information on the Stearns nesting eagles, due to the protracted influence of human development. The stories of the Boulder Creek and Hygiene pair should make good reading for those that have limited time during one sitting.