Eagle Management

Both bald eagles and golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

As part of implementing and enforcing these laws, the Service monitors the health of bald and golden eagle.  Bald and Golden Eagles: Status, trends, and estimation of sustainable take rates in the United States (Status Report) (3.6MB) is a compilation of the most current research on the population status and trends of bald and golden eagles. The report estimates population sizes, productivity, and survival rates; cumulative effects to local area populations; and effects of unauthorized take of golden eagles. This report serves as the biological basis for the Service’s regulatory management framework.

New! Bald Eagle And Golden Eagle Electrocution Prevention In-lieu Fee Program
The  Bald Eagle And Golden Eagle Electrocution Prevention In-lieu Fee Program (Eagle ILF Program) is authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to sell compensatory mitigation credits for bald and golden eagles to utilities. The Eagle ILF Program is the only mitigation banking option available specific to eagles and authorized by USFWS to offset incidental take. (Note: USFWS authorization of the Eagle ILF Program does not constitute blanket endorsement of Eagle Electrocution Solutions, LLC, or its parent company.)

Updated Collision Risk Model Priors for Estimating Eagle Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities

Eagle Incidental Take Permit Regulations

On December 14, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule revising the regulations for permits for incidental take of eagles and take of eagle nests.  The Service analyzed various alternative management options and rule revisions, including the final rule revisions, in a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS).

Among other revisions, the final rule addresses criteria for permit issuance, compensatory mitigation requirements, permit duration, and data standards for submitting permit applications.

 Final Eagle Incidental Take and Eagle Nest Take Regulations

 Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement(3.9MB)

 Record of Decision(436KB)

 News Release

  Questions and Answers about Implementation of the Revised Eagle Incidental Take Permit Regulations (173.1KB)

For more information, visit the website for this rulemaking at  http://eagleruleprocess.org. These documents are also available on ​ www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS–R9–MB–2011–0094.


Last Updated: November 5, 2018