Guiding bald eagle conservation in Arizona is the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee (SWBEMC).
Bi-annual and public relations subcommittee meetings provide a forum to work toward a common goal:
conservation of the bald eagle.
With the bird occurring on lands managed by different governmental agencies, private entities and Native American Tribes, cooperation
among all involved is crucial for the species. The SWBEMC uses an adaptive approach to manage bald eagles. Some of the topics tackled are how development projects might affect eagles; how to mitigate those effects; or, how the Endangered Species Act applies to certain situations.
Through the SWBEMC, we have learned where the birds are, what their requirements are, and what management challenges
exist at each breeding area. The SWBEMC's goal is to continue to work together and use the information acquired to
ensure the long-term conservation of the bald eagle in Arizona. In 2005, the state of Arizona recognized the committee's work through
the Governor's Pride in Arizona Award for Media Leadership
the Arizona Bald Eagle Management Program. The committee also received honorable mention in the Governor's Pride of Arizona
Award for Environmental Education
because of the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch
Program and in Recycling
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If you would like to learn more about how you
can support the efforts of the SWBEMC and
eagle management throughout Arizona, contact:
Bald Eagle Management Coordinator
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Phone: (623) 236-7575
5000 West Carefree Highway
Phoenix, Arizona 85086-5000