IWS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the flagship project that launched our organization.

Young bald eagle in hand

In 1980, IWS President David Garcelon launched his ambitious Master's thesis project, reintroducing bald eagles to Santa Catalina Island (California Channel Islands). IWS was formed as non-profit organization in order to procure permits to handle and move eagles. The reputation of IWS grew from continued work on the Channel Islands and beyond. The organization maintained a focus on researching threatened and endangered wildlife, and did its part to directly help bald eagles recover from their endangered status.

Now there are about 20 active bald eagle nests on the Channel Islands, some of which are used by the 2nd generation of bald eagles born naturally on the Islands.

For more information, check out our main Bald Eagle Program webpage.

View live video here: Nest Cams button



       Support Bald Eagles:

                               40th Anniversary T-shirts!
                              Your gift for a $30 donation

                             ($11.50 cost; shipping included; 100% cotton)
                                        Art by IWS's own Matt Brinkman

Anniversary Eagle Shirt pink frontAnniversary Eagle Shirt pink back

Style: V-Neck

Color: "Heather Radiant Orchid"

Large and X-Large have run out! Ordering...5/4/2020

Anniversary Eagle Shirt blue frontAnniversary Eagle Shirt blue back

Style: Crew Neck

Color: "Stone Blue"


Anniversary Eagle Shirt tan frontAnniversary Eagle Shirt tan back

Style: Crew Neck

Color: "Prairie Dust"