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Chicago, Illinois 60604
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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Our national symbol once lived along major waterways throughout Illinois, including the Chicago region. By the early 1900's it was reduced to widely scattered populations, and was no longer present as a breeding species in northeast Illinois. It was listed as a federally endangered species in 1967. Populations grew slowly, and in 1995 it was reclassified from endangered to threatened.
By 2007, the US Fish & Wildlife Service found that the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles nationwide had exceeded those required by the species recovery plan. In the summer of 2007 the Department of the Interior announced the removal of the species from the list of endangered and threatened species. The Bald Eagle is still fully protected under the provisions of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Recent Records or Nesting Attempts
Bald eagles have recently nested in Northeast Illinois in Cook, Kane, and Will counties.
The Chicago Illinois Field Office has conducted site surveillance of Bald Eagle nests as they have been reported in our area since 2004. We also consult with the Rock Island, Illinois Field Office regarding Bald Eagle recovery. We are interested in additional local reports of this species in our area. Please contact us if you believe you have located a Bald Eagle nest in northeast Illinois. To lessen the potential for nest abandonment, please do not approach within 150 yards of the nest.