Mariana Dale

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Eagle eyes: Volunteer nest watchers safeguard the next generation of Arizona bald eagles

FORT McDOWELL – Leah Vader’s alarm starts ringing at 4 a.m. She’s out of the tent by 4:40 and making coffee. By sunup, she has set up her telescope at “the office,” a hill overlooking the Verde River.

Vader waits for an adult eagle to drop prey into the nest, a sure sign there’s a chick present. “We always say they don’t feed eggs,” she said.

Vader and about two dozen other people hired by the Arizona Game & Fish Department to watch bald eagles nest every year from February to June.