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Saving Spirit the Eagle

How a friend of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation saved the Eagle which became known as Spirit. Our thanks go out to Stan Mawyer for caring and the actions it took to save this beautiful American Bald Eagle. Watch this inspiring video and share it with a friend.
Thanks again Stan!

Carl H Way
Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation



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Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation Mission Statement

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) organization founded in 2010. Our primary objective is the preservation of the American Bald Eagles and their habitats on Marco Island, Florida.

Our Mission is to work with the citizens of Marco Island as well as, City, County, and State organizations to guarantee the safety of the active Bald Eagle nest on the Marco Eagle Sanctuary on Tigertail Ct. and other locations as new Eagles return to a friendly environment. We will work to educate the community about the importance of these majestic birds and how to expand the bird population on an Island once known as an” Eagle Sanctuary”.


Come visit the Sanctuary during nesting season; November through May, and see these magnificent birds for yourself . The Sanctuary is located at:

Marco Eagle Sanctuary, 665 Tigertail Ct. Marco Island, FL

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Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation Story PDF Print E-mail

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) began as a small group of Marco Island, FL citizens concerned about how the city and some developers looked at the importance of the Eagles now nesting on an 11.6 acre piece of property located at 665 Tigertail Ct, Marco Island Fl. This property has a long history of different opinions from community leaders, and developers as to how the property should be used, none has put the Eagles as an important part of the solution. The large problem is that since at least 2003 a pair of American Bald Eagles have been returning to their nest and producing new fledglings, and as of September 2010 they are back again and have brought with them the two youngsters from last year. Sightings of both the adults and the one year old fledglings happen daily. Since our involvement our message that the Eagles and their habitat must be protected, the Collier County School District and their school board (owners of the property) have been having a positive dialog with us and the community about the Eagles. This is step one in the process of educating everyone about the importance of this nest.

To protect Marco Island’s eagles and their habitats it will take all of our citizens, the Marco Island City Council and the School District working together for the right solution to protect these birds. Our job is to be sure that all community organizations and citizens have the same goal, to keep one of the last green spaces left on the Island free from over development and protect our heritage as an Eagle Sanctuary. We hope to achieve this goal with emphasis on educational projects on the importance of the preservation of undeveloped land parcels and the wildlife that live there. See Marco Island's Story for more information.


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Tract K Poll

Do you support the efforts to protect Tract K as a preserve / conservation area for the Bald Eagles now nesting on the property?

American Eagle Foundation

Challenger is his name (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew). He is cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF). He's a 'human-socialized' bird raised by the people who rescued him after hed been blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980's. Declared non-releasable' by federal and state wildlife authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.

Click here to see their video.