Tonto National Monument on April 11 will offer an evening program about bald eagles, given by guest biologist and nestwatcher Sara Eno.
In Arizona, the most productive bald eagle breeding areas are located near urban and high recreation areas, thus increasing the need for protective management. In 1978, these concerns led to the creation of the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program (ABENWP). Beginning as a weekend volunteer effort by the U.S. Forest Service and Maricopa Audubon Society, the program has expanded to include contracting 20 biologists annually to monitor breeding activities daily.
The goals of the program are public education, data collection, and conservation of the species. Nestwatchers collect data on breeding behavior, human activities, and habitat use to help agencies make better management decisions.
This program will take place at Tonto National Monument’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm.
Tonto National Monument protects two cliff dwellings built by the Salado people over 700 years ago. Established as a national monument in 1907 by President Teddy Roosevelt. The Monument is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Get information on the website, http://www.nps.gov/tont, or you may call (928) 467-2241.