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New or Intermittent Activities Guidance

Eagles are unlikely to be disturbed by routine use of roads, homes or other facilities where such use occurred prior to or during the successful nesting of an eagle pair.

This guidance is specific to new or intermittent activities in the Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia).

To use this website most effectively, we recommend reading about Bald Eagle Natural History and Sensitivity.

Activity Categories

Activities are grouped based on the nature and magnitude of impacts to active and alternate bald eagle nests.

  1. If your project involves any of the following construction or development activities, click here.

    • Building construction
    • Construction of roads, trails, canals, power lines, and other linear utilities
    • Agriculture or aquaculture – new or expanded operations
    • Alteration of shorelines or wetlands
    • Installation of docks or moorings
    • Water impoundment
    • Mining
    • Oil and natural gas drilling and refining
    • Installation or expansion of marinas with a capacity of 6 or more boats.

  2. If your project is a timber operation and forestry practice, click here.
  3. If your activity is helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft use, click here.
  4. If your activity is blasting and other loud, intermittent noise (including fireworks), click here.
  5. For routine motorized and non-motorized recreation that includes, hiking, camping, ATV use, and boating, click here.

Other Guidelines

Back to the introduction

Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines

Permit regulations to authorize limited "take" of bald eagles or their nests (pdf)

Bald eagle natural history and sensitivity (pdf)

Management at a Glance

Two factors most influence an eagle's response to human activity:

  1. The activity's visibility from the eagle nest and;
  2. The regular occurrence of similar activities near the nest.

General recommendations to avoid disturbing nesting bald eagles:

  1. Keep distance between the activity and the nest (distance buffers).
  2. Maintain forested or natural areas between the activity and the nest tree (landscape buffers).
  3. Avoid certain activities during the nesting season (timing buffers).


Last updated: January 31, 2014