USFWS
Migratory Bird Management
Alaska Region

Eagle

Bald Eagle in tree.  Photo Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS.  Click to enlarge.
Bald Eagle in tree.
Photo Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS
Bald eagle and nest.  Photo Credit Mike Jacobson/USFWS.  Click on image to enlarge.
Bald Eagle with nest.
Photo Credit: Mike Jacobson/USFWS
 
 

Announced Management Changes

Press Release, June 28, 2007 "Bald Eagle Soars off Endangered Species List"
Press Release, June 1, 2007 "Lower 48 Bald Eagle Delisting Would Bring Some Changes to Alaska Management (pdf)

Human Activity & Eagles

Instructions and application information for eagle permits associated with development or other activity. Alaska Region Eagle Permit Program

Obtaining Eagle Feathers, Parts, & Carcasses

Eagle feathers, parts, and carcasses are protected under federal law, and are available to Native Americans for cultural and religious purposes, scientists and educators. You must apply for a permit.

Injured, Sick, or Orphaned Eagles

If you find injured, sick, or orphaned eagles:

Leave them where you find them.  Eagles can inflict serious injuries if you don’t know how to handle them properly.

As soon as you can, call the nearest wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian for further instructions.  Wildlife rehabilitation organizations in Alaska include:

  • Anchorage:  Bird Treatment and Learning Center – 907-562-4852
  • MatSu Valley:  Alaska Wildbird Rehab Center – 907-230-7049
  • Homer:  Homer Bird Rescue Center – 907-235-2700
  • Seward:  Alaska SeaLife Center – 1-888-774-7325
  • Soldotna:  Kenai NWR – 907-252-0349
  • Juneau:  Juneau Raptor Center – 907-568-8393
  • Sitka:  Alaska Raptor Center – 907-747-8662
  • Ketchikan:  Deer Mountain Eagle Center – 1-800-252-5158
  • Prudhoe Bay:  Alaska Clean Seas – 907-659-3207

Contact information for other wildlife rehabilitators and information on becoming a wildlife rehabilitator are available from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association or from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.

Further information is available from the Alaska Interagency Avian Influenza hotline at 1-866-527-3358 (1-866-5-BRDFLU) or the Alaska Migratory Bird Permit Office at 907-786-3693.

Eagle Permits

Under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues permits to take, possess, and transport bald and golden eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus and Aquila chrysaetos) for scientific, educational, and Indian religious purposes, depredation, and falconry (golden eagles). An amendment to the Bald and Golden Eagle Act,  finalized in November of 2009, authorizes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits to applicants associated with development projects or other activities that may impact eagles or their nests.  No permit authorizes the sale, purchase, barter, trade, importation, or exportation of eagles, or their parts or feathers. The regulations governing eagle permits can be found in 50 CFR part 13 (General Permit Procedures) and 50 CFR part 22 (Eagle Permits).

To apply for a permit in Alaska please fill out the correct permit (below) and send it to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alaska Migratory Bird Permit Office, MS-201
1011 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

If you have questions about the permit application or don’t know which permit to apply for, please contact the Alaska Migratory Bird Permit Office at 907-786-3693.

The National Eagle Repository was established as a central clearinghouse to collect and distribute eagle parts.

To request eagles, parts and feathers for Native American religious purposes from the National Eagle Repository for the first time you must complete two forms – both available at 3-200-15a :

  • Certification of Enrollment in a Federally Recognized Tribe
  • Permit Application and Shipping Request

An Eagle Exhibition Permit authorizes the recipient to possess and transport eagles for the sole purpose of educating the public about the biology, ecology, and conservation needs of eagles.

  • Federal policy has established Native American Religious Purposes as the highest priority for acquiring eagle feathers and parts, therefore no new Eagle Exhibition permits for dead specimens will be issued until all pending Native American orders at the National Eagle Repository have been filled. 
  • Only public museums, public scientific societies, or public zoological parks operated as a governmental service or privately endowed and organized but not operated for profit may obtain an Eagle Exhibition permit for live, rehabilitated non-releasable eagles for conservation education purposes. 

A permit application is available at:   3-200-14

An Eagle Depredation Permit is required to take or disturb bald or golden eagles that have become injurious to wildlife, agriculture or other personal property, or human health or safety.  A permit application is available at:  3-200-16

  • In Alaska, eagle depredation permits are issued for hazing only. 
  • Lethal take of an eagle requires a permit issued by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington D.C. 
  • Before any depredation permit is issued, consultation with and concurrence from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services is required; in Alaska, they can be reached at 907-745-0871.

An Eagle Falconry Permit is required to possess and transport eagles for falconry purposes.  Only golden eagles may be possessed for falconry.  A permit application is available at:  3-200-17

An International Transport for Native American Religious Purposes Permit is required for the export, reimport, or transport of bald or golden eagle parts from or to the United States for Native American religious purposes.  A permit application is available at:  3-200-70

An International Transport for Scientific or Exhibition Purposes Permit is required for the export, reimport, or transport of bald or golden eagle parts from or to the United States for scientific or educational exhibition purposes.  A permit application is available at:  3-200-69

A Take of Golden Eagle Nests Permit is available only to parties engaged in a resource development or recovery operation and only when nests are inactive.  A permit application is available at:  3-200-18

An Eagle Take (Necessary to Protect Interests in a Particular Locality) permit authorizes take of live bald and golden eagles and their eggs, where the take is associated with, but not the purpose of some human activity or project, and where take cannot practicably be avoided. A permit application is available at: 3-200-71

An Eagle Nest Take permit authorizes removal or relocation of an eagle nest in certain instances, including an active or inactive nest where necessary to alleviate a safety emergency; an inactive nest when the removal is necessary to ensure public health and safety; an inactive nest that is built on a human-engineered structure and creates a functional hazard that renders the structure inoperable; or an inactive nest in certain other instances where the take or the mitigation for the take will provide a clear and substantial benefit to eagles. A permit application is available at: 3-200-72


Last Updated: December 23, 2009