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Bald Eagle Count 2021

January 30 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm


Your Car. Your Count.

In 1963, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction with only 487 nesting pairs observed in the lower 48 states. As a result of careful monitoring and protection efforts that began in the late 1960s, the bald eagle population has been increasing in the lower 48 states for the last half a century. By 2007, with an estimate of 10,000 nesting pairs, bald eagles were officially removed from the list of threatened and endangered species. 

While this is a great success story that should be celebrated, it is important that we continue the monitoring and protection efforts that allowed them to recover. If you search for current bald eagle population data online, you will see that it is a challenge to find any data beyond 2006. We need your help to continue the essential bald eagle population monitoring efforts!

When: Saturday, January 30, anytime between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Where: Anywhere within the St. Croix River Watershed, but we recommend sticking close to the rivers near you and their landings. 

Who: Anyone who lives in the 7,700 square mile St. Croix River watershed! 


  1. Register below online. 
  2. Plan your route. **If possible, please create a map of your route to submit with your completed survey.**
  3. Practice knowing the difference between juvenile and adult bald eagles
  4. Review this example survey form.
  5. Print your own blank survey form.
  6. Count the bald eagles you see along your route. 
  7. Record your sightings and non-sightings on the survey form.
  8. Keep moving so you don’t recount the same eagles.  
  9. Submit your survey form to the St. Croix River Association, either by email or mail.*
    1. Scan and email to nicolebiagi@scramail.com 
    2. Mail to:
      St. Croix River Association
      PO Box 655
      St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
*After submitting your survey form, you will be entered in a drawing to receive an SCRA prize!

How to ID a Bald Eagle

Additional web links: 

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 

Bald Eagle Count

  • Registration

  • Surveying Information


January 30
7:00 am - 5:00 pm