We put these guidelines out last year after so much interest in the eagle's nest and reports of other nests in the area.
It is critical that if you find a Bald Eagle's nest (or any bird nest actually), that you follow these guidelines. Bald Eagles and most birds are VERY sensitive to activity around their nests. If you bother them, they may fly away and MAY NOT BREED THAT YEAR. If there are eggs in the nest they may abandon them; they may even abandon young birds.
PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES and if you find a nest, make sure that you follow the information that is written here. I will add a PLEASE to that. Please let the birds breed, nest and raise their young in peace. You can observe, but read the information below so you know what you should and should not do. Again - PLEASE.
GUIDELINES FOR BALD EAGLE NEST OBSERVATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
We humans are curious creatures and it is often difficult for us to just leave things alone. This is one of those cases where leaving things alone is absolutely the best thing to do. Unless you have a compelling interest to see the nest (and you really don't) or to photograph it (and this is not the ideal location for that), then leave it alone. There are plenty of places on the internet where you can observe bald eagles nesting and raising their young. You will be able to see more of the nest from a much closer distance and you can watch from the comfort of your living room. Plus, you will not be doing anything that may cause the eagles to abandon their nest, their eggs or their young. Here are some sites you can visit:
There are many others around. Just Google "Bald Eagle Cams".
REMEMBER: The Bald Eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and they are very sensitive to humans near the nest.
Here are some basic guidelines:
Here is an interesting chart about nesting and the times that eagles are most likely to be disturbed.
From the USFWS website: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/conservation/baea_nhstry_snstvty.html
Again, let me say that it is best to leave them alone. Visit the webcams. It will not take much to cause the eagles to abandon their nest. If you must go see them, please follow these guidelines and don't do anything to disturb them.