Bald eagles represent a strong symbol for both the United States and Native Americans, and are protected by federal laws and by an SRPMIC Tribal Ordinance. This Ordinance is often referred to as the "Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Sonoran Desert Nesting Bald Eagle Protection Act", SRO-359-2010.
The SRPMIC finds and declares that the Sonoran Desert Nesting Bald Eagle and its habitat are deeply intertwined with the O'Odham and Piipaash traditional beliefs regarding cultural origins, cultural history, and the nature of the world. Accordingly, the Sonoran Desert Nesting Bald Eagle and its habitat are considered sacred and vital to the continuation of the way of life of both the O'Odham and Piipaash people. The Sonoran Desert Nesting Bald Eagle is indigenous to the Community and is found to be a threatened or endangered species that should be managed and protected to maintain and, to the extent possible, enhance their numbers within the carrying capacity of the habitat.
SRPMIC along with Arizona Game and Fish and 26 other government, private, and tribal organizations, are members of the Southwest Bald Eagle Management Committee (SWBEMC). The SWBEMC organized the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch program in 1978 when bald eagles were placed on the Endangered Species List.
SRPMIC collaborates with the Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program for a four-month tour of duty. The dedicated Nestwatch Program biologists observe the eagles from dawn to dusk, collecting data about the eagles' behavior, educating the public, and notifying rescuers of any life-threatening situations for the birds.
Any Community members interested in the Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program should call the EPNR Hotline at (480) 362-7500 or contact us via e-mail at EPNR@srpmic-nsn.gov.