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Bald Eagle Management Guidelines & Conservation Measures

Determining Whether Large Construction/Expansion Activities will Disturb Nesting Bald Eagles: Step 4



Step 4. Determining whether your activity is likely to disturb nesting bald eagles.

Your activity is: (Check your selection to document your choice)

    Building construction, 1 or 2 story, with a project footprint of 1/2 acre or less.

     

    Construction of roads, trails, canals, power lines, and other linear utilities.

     

    Agriculture or aquaculture operations - new or expanded.

     

    Alteration of shoreline or wetlands.

     

    Installation of docks or moorings.

     

    Water impoundment.

     

You have determined that the bald eagle nest (active or alternate) can be seen from the project site and that similar activity is present within 660 feet of the nest.

Therefore, to avoid disturbing nesting eagles and their young, it is recommended that you:

    (1) maintain a buffer of at least 660 feet (200 meters) between all your activities and the nest (including active and alternate nests), or if a similar activity is closer than 660 feet, then maintain a distance buffer at least as far from the nest as the existing tolerated activity,

    (2) within 660 feet (200 meters) of the nest (including active and alternate nests), restrict all clearing, external construction, and landscaping activities to outside the nesting season (i.e., outside the nesting season is from August through mid-January since the nesting season in the Southeast is generally from late January through late July.),

    (3) maintain any established landscape buffers, and

    (4) if possible, create additional landscape buffers to screen the new activity from the nest.

Determination

    Yes - I can implement the recommendations.

      If you are able to implement these recommendations, disturbance of nesting bald eagles is unlikely to occur. We recommend printing this page then signing and dating it for your records.

    No - I cannot implement the recommendations.

      If you cannot adopt the recommendations, we suggest that you contact your local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office for further assistance in determining whether your activity may disturb nesting bald eagles.  You can also send an email to the Regional Office Migratory Birds at SEmigratorybirds@fws.gov or contact Resee Collins -- 404-679-7051.

       

    Signature:___________________________________________________

    Date: _____________________________________

These recommendations are valid only for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Once you print a copy of this page send to appropriate ES Field Station
(for addresses go to http://www.fws.gov/southeast/es/ndxeso.htm)

 

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Last updated: June 28, 2007


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