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Gov. Scott names Tuesday American Bald Eagle Day

Florida's home to one of largest bald eagle populations in lower 48 states

A bald eagle is released during an event with Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, removing the bald eagle from the endangered species list June 28, 2007 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A bald eagle is released during an event with Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, removing the bald eagle from the endangered species list June 28, 2007 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – From only 88 eagle nests active back in 1973 to roughly 1,500 today, Gov. Rick Scott declared today to be American Bald Eagle Day.

With Florida containing one of the largest bald eagle populations in the lower 48 states, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the American Bald Eagle has one of the greatest conservation success stories yet.

A bald eagle, participates in an event marking the removal of the bald eagle from the endangered species list June 28, 2007 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A bald eagle, participates in an event marking the removal of the bald eagle from the endangered species list June 28, 2007 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As the end of the eagle's nesting season comes to an end, the FWC says the possibility of seeing a fledgling flying near its nest is growing. 

Links for proper eagle-watching etiquette, locating a nest and eagle characteristics can be found below.

Eagle watching etiquette

Locating an eagle's nest in Florida

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