Florida is home over 1100 nesting pair of the Southern Bald Eagle. This is an estimated 80 percent of the entire population found in the southeastern United States and the third largest breeding population in the country. Only Alaska and Minnesota have more breeding pairs.
The Bald Eagle, (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection act. In addition the Bald Eagles are protected under the Code of Ordinances here in Cape Coral. Malicious destruction of Bald Eagle nests or harassment of Bald Eagles is against the law and carries severe penalties.
In Cape Coral, it is against the law to approach a
Bald Eagle nest closer than 150 feet.
(3) Cape Coral law states that no person shall be permitted within 150 feet of the base of any tree which is occupied by an eagle or an eagle’s nest, or beyond the edge of the nearest street to the tree, whichever is the greater distance, during eagle nesting season or until all young eagles have successfully fledged.
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Cape Coral, Florida: Home to Florida's largest population of Burrowing Owls, charming and tiny, these owls reside in underground burrows.
The Gopher Tortoise is a native, keystone species that is listed as threatened due to severe habitat loss.
The Scrub Jay is endemic to Florida, meaning it is not found anywhere else in the wild. It is another species under grave threat due to severe habitat loss.
The Purple Martin is a migratory bird species that stops in Southwest Florida each year. CCFW volunteers have provided important habitat and monitoring.
Florida was named for its plethora of flowers. The pollinators they support, such as butterflies and skippers, are just as numerous and eye-catching!
Domestic and feral cats are not wildlife, but outdoor cats can have a terrible impact, often hunting and killing other species we care about.
The lovable, docile manatee can be spotted relatively easily in the warm waters around Southwest Florida and Cape Coral.
Alligators can be dangerous and should be treated with respect, but there have been no fatal encounters in Cape Coral's history.
Learn more about the many species of birds that can be spotted in Cape Coral and how to identify some of them.
What the heck are all these lizards running around? Learn to identify the most common anoles and geckos.
As in many parts of the country, coyotes are extending their range into urban areas as they are driven out of their native habitats.