Volunteers also spend an average of 10 hours in training, learning how to identify nests and whether eggs or eaglets are present―even
how to spot and report illegal development near a nest. Once they're actually monitoring―which is usually between October
and May, when the eagles have migrated to the state―volunteers also learn more about patience. "Most of the time when you
go out, you see nothing, especially early or late in the season," says Ed. Kim and Makayla estimate they spent nearly three
months last year trying to find their nesting pair after they abandoned their previous nest. "When we did finally find the
eagles, it was so exciting," says Makayla.