The restoration of the bald eagle is one of the greatest wildlife success stories. The nongame program of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division began efforts to restore eagles to Alabama in 1984. From 1985-1991, 91 juvenile eagles were released back into the wild at six different hacking towers across the state.
The first confirmed successful nest was in 1991. The state does not conduct statewide nest surveys anymore because of the successful bald eagle recovery. We are certain there are well over 100 nests now in the state.
Mid-winter bald eagle surveys are conducted in early January each year along major lakes and reservoirs. Results from those surveys continue to show improvement in the state's eagle populations.
If you know of a nest location, we encourage you to report that information via email to our bald eagle coordinator, Mercedes Bartkovich, or by phone (334) 242-3469. The nongame program does not have the resources to survey the state for nests, but does keep an internal database of any known eagle nests or reported nests for future reference.