Lynda White, who's been EagleWatch coordinator since the program began, believes that without the volunteers Florida's bald eagle population might not be as healthy as it is today. "The data they're collecting is so important," she says. "The state's fish and wildlife commission did a six-year study on the eagles' survival and also where they go. The commission did its own research, but it also used data that we gave them. This was an important scientific body of work, and the EagleWatch Volunteers were credited with helping. That just validated it for us."
"Without the volunteers," continues Lynda, "there wouldn't be an EagleWatch. I am the only staff person, and I couldn't do it without them."