Monitoring the Eagles & Habitat


of the


Lower Fox River & Fox Cities






Eagles are returning to the Fox River Valley.  Their growing numbers are making the Fox Cities one of the best eagle viewing locations in the Upper Midwest.  The stretch of river we monitor is now second only to the Upper Mississippi River.
The Eagle Monitoring Project acquires information about eagles and eagle habitat in Northeast Wisconsin's Fox River Valley.
Monitoring eagle numbers and ages allows us to document the return and welfare of eagles.
Monitoring roosting and nesting sites is important to the preservation of the habitat needed to support a healthy eagle population.
On a designated day five times each winter, one or more volunteer eagle monitors arrives before daybreak at each of 25 monitoring sites along the Lower Fox River.
As the sun rises and for the next 90 minutes, we record detailed information about the bald eagles, golden eagles and other birds we see.  We also record information about the condition of the habitat.
This information is analyzed and used by the WDNR to help determine the condition of the eagle population and help guide eagle habitat management decisions.
This collaborative website gives eagle monitors an opportunity to submit data online and communicate among themselves about their eagle monitoring experiences.  It also lets monitors and others share information about birds, wildlife and related topics.
The Eagle Monitoring Project is organized by NEW Alliance in cooperation with the Wisconsin DNR and Fox Valley nature centers.
If you would like to participate in the Eagle Monitoring Project, please contact us:
1974 Began Recording
1982 First Eagle spotted
1990 First nesting pair near Thilmany
2009 First nesting pair on Lake Winnebago
 2009 Monitoring Results
We launched our eagle monitoring just before sunrise on Saturday, February 7, 2009.  We returned to monitor again a month later.
On May 2 2009, we held a public session at the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve for Dick Nikoli (WDNR, Appleton) to present the results of the DNR's data analysis.
Past and present monitors may view DNR interpretive data by clicking on the link below.
 Volunteer eagle monitoring participants may access a collaborative page to post comments as well as access their own site to submit eagle monitoring data.  Past and present monitors have been given permission to view all sites. 




                                                                                                       Photo by Jeff Raflick
 A bald eagle soars over the Fox River Valley.
                                                                                                 Photo by Hermi Krueger
Aurora (right) is on view near the nest where she was born and rescued following an injury.  Rehabilitator, Randi Segal (left), nurtured Aurora back to health but permanent eye damage prevented Aurora's release.  NEW Alliance. sponsored Randi's presentation and the Thousand Island Nature Center hosted the event.
For more photos of Randi Segal's presentation at Thousand Island Nature Center see:
For more of Hermi Krueger's photographs of raptors and other birds, see: 

 For more of Robert Elko's photographs of raptors and other birds, see:
(Click above to access EM Page)
The Eagle Monitor"s Page provides eagle monitor volunteers with monitoring information and provides links for on-line data submission.  Due to the sensitivity of some information, access is restricted.
 (If you are an eagle monitor and did not receive an invitation to access the Information & Data page, please contact Brian:
                                                                                                          Januray 9, 2010
Mattie Borntreger and her son Alex came from Shawano to monitor eagles near Lawe Street in Appleton.  Barely visible across the river at the point, an eagle perches near the end of a branch high in an oak tree.  Ice and snow cover the canal leading to the locks in the foreground while swift water beyond the railroad bridge keeps the Fox River's main channel open giving eagles access to fish.
(Photo by B Ewart)