[Federal Register: February 16, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 32)]
[Page 8309]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Draft National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that draft National Bald Eagle 
Management Guidelines are available for public review. Comments and 
suggestions are requested.

DATES: We will accept written comments on the Draft National Bald Eagle 
Management Guidelines until May 17, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Draft National Bald Eagle Management 
Guidelines can be obtained by writing to U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, 4401 North Fairfax 
Drive, Mail Stop MBSP-4107, Arlington, VA 22203. The draft guidelines 
may also be obtained via the Internet at: http://www.fws.gov/ 

migratorybirds/BaldEagle.htm. Written comments can be sent to the 
mailing address above, or e-mailed to BaldEagle--Management 
Guidelines@fws.gov. All comments must include the name and full mailing 

address of the person submitting the comments. All comments received, 
including names and addresses, will become part of the public record. 
You may inspect comments by appointment during normal business hours at 
the address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eliza Savage, Division of Migratory 
Bird Management, (see ADDRESSES section); or via e-mail at: 
Eliza_Savage@fws.gov; telephone: (703) 358-2329; or facsimile: (703) 358-


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 
proposed to remove the bald eagle from the list of threatened species 
under the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (see our re-
opening of the public comment period on the proposed rule to delist the 
bald eagle, published separately in this part of today's Federal 
Register). If the bald eagle is delisted, the Bald and Golden Eagle 
Protection Act (BGEPA) (16 U.S.C. 668-668d) will become the primary law 
protecting bald eagles. BGEPA prohibits take of bald and golden eagles 
and provides a statutory definition of ``take'' that includes 
    To provide guidance to land managers, landowners, and others, the 
Service has developed draft National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines. 
In the event the bald eagle is delisted, the guidelines will provide 
the public with information on how to avoid disturbing bald eagles. 
Secondly, the guidelines include recommended additional practices that 
can benefit bald eagles. The draft guidelines are based on the 
definition of ``disturb'' that we are making available for public 
comment in a proposed rule published separately in this part of today's 
Federal Register.

    Dated: October 31, 2005.
H. Dale Hall,
[FR Doc. 06-1441 Filed 2-15-06; 8:45 am]