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The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you »

 

Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Conducting Activities Near Eagle Nests

 

Close up photo of two adult bald eagles perched on a tree limb and looking to the left.
Photo courtesy of CJ Olive; Creative Commons

 

Humans and eagles are sharing space more than ever before. Eagle numbers are increasing in the Midwest, sometimes bringing eagles and humans into conflict.

 

Learn more about Living with Eagles and how to minimize your disturbance of our national bird,

including building houses near eagle nests.

 

Learn about Best Management Practices for major activities conducted around eagle nests, such as prescribed burning and forestry.

 

Learn more about more ways to conserve eagles and keep their future bright.

Living with Eagles

 

Here you will find information on how to live, work, and recreate when eagles are nesting or roosting nearby. These guidance documents are not intended to take the place of a disturbance permit if one is recommended. To determine if a permit may be recommended for your activity, please contact the regional eagle biologist in your state or learn more about eagle permits.

 

Eagle Nesting and Sensitivity to Human Activities

Impacts to eagles can be avoided by considering when they are most sensitive to human disturbance.

Recreation - Avoid Disturbing Eagles

What you can do to avoid disturbing bald eagles and their young while observing eagles or hiking, camping, boating, snowmobiling, etc.

Guidance for Use of Cameras at Bald Eagle Nests Adobe PDF Icon

Cameras that provide live coverage of nesting bald eagles are a popular educational tool. However, eagles could be disturbed when the camera is installed or by people visiting the nest site. The Service developed guidance for the use of cameras at bald eagle nests to minimize harming eagles while using nest cameras.

 

Best Management Practices

USFWS employee lights prescribed burn.

Photo courtesy of Josh O'Connor/USFWS/Creative Commons

 

 

Here you will find information on best management practices for conducting activities such as prescribed fire, forestry, and construction around eagle nests and roosts. These management practices are not intended to take the place of a disturbance permit if one is recommended. To determine if a permit may be recommended for your activity, please contact the regional eagle biologist in your state or learn more about eagle permits.

 

Eagle Nesting and Sensitivity to Human Activities

Impacts to eagles can be avoided by considering when they are most sensitive to human disturbance.

 

 

Bald Eagle Conservation

You can help conserve bald eagles by protecting habitat around their nests and by keeping safe distance from their nests or winter roost sites. Bald eagles are susceptible to harm by disturbance because of the prominence of their nests and communal roosts. Bald eagles need continued conservation so that their population remains healthy.

Adult bald eagle perched on fence post.

An adult bald eagle perches on a fencepost in rural Minnesota.

Photo credit: Mary Hartman

 

Eagle Nesting and Sensitivity to Human Activities

Impacts to eagles can be avoided by considering when they are most sensitive to human disturbance.

 

Eagle Roost Conservation - Coming Soon

 

Eagles and Lead Poisoning

 

 

 

Additional Conservation Measures

 


 

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