Midwest Region - Eagle Permits Conserving the nature of America

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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.

 

Bald Eagle Permit: Incidental Take

Step-by-Step Guidance

Bald eagle in tree near nest.  Photo by USFWS

This step-by-step guidance will help you determine whether your activity or project may require a permit because it may cause Incidental take of eagles. We also have recommendations to help you avoid taking bald eagles.

These recommendations are valid only for the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

 

Please Note!

Eagles are unlikely to be disturbed by routine use of roads, homes, or other facilities where such use was present before an eagle pair successfully nested in a given area. This guidance is specifically for new or intermittent activities.

 

Step 1.  Choose an Activity Category

Select the category that most closely fits your activity. Activities are separated into categories based on the nature and magnitude of impacts to bald eagles.  

Note! This guidance is for new or intermittent activities near an eagle nest.

 

A. If your project involves any of the following construction or development activities near an active or inactive bald eagle nest, 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

B. If your project involves the operation and construction of wind power turbines, click here.

 

C. If your project is a timber operation or forestry practice near an active or inactive bald eagle nest click here.

 

D. If your activity is helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft use, click here.

 

E. If your activity is blasting or other loud, intermittent noise (including fireworks), click here.

 

F. For routine motorized and non-motorized recreation that includes, hiking, camping, atv use, and boating, click here.

 


 

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