Midwest Region - Eagle Permits Conserving the nature of America

USFWS Offices and Refuges Near You

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.

Permit to Remove or Relocate an Eagle Nest

The Bald and Golden Eagle Act prohibits anyone from taking, possessing, or transporting any bald eagle or any golden eagle, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such birds without prior authorization. This webpage offers information on obtaining a permit for the activities that involve removing or relocating eagle nests.

If you are concerned about an eagle nest that may pose safety issues or conflict with other uses, you may be eligible for a permit to remove or relocate the nest.

One adult bald eagle on a nest and another adult on nearby snag. Photo by USFWS

Photo by USFWS

This permit authorizes removal or relocation of:

• an active or inactive nest where it is necessary to alleviate a safety emergency to humans or eagles (or both);

 

• an inactive nest to ensure public health and safety;

 

• an inactive nest to restore operation of a man-made structure that has been rendered inoperable by the presence of the nest; or

 

• an inactive nest in certain other instances where the removal or relocation of that nest (or the mitigation for its removal) will provide a clear and substantial benefit to eagles.

 

The regulations authorizing permits for removal or relocation of bald or golden eagle nests can be found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.27.

If you would like further assistance regarding obtaining a permit to remove or relocate an eagle nest, contact:

In Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana:

Chris Mensing
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Michigan Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: 517-351-8316
E:mail: Chris_Mensing@fws.gov

 

In Wisconsin and Minnesota:

Mags Rheude
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Minnesota-Wisconsin Field Office
4101 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 952-252-0092 ext. 202
E:mail: Margaret_Rheude@fws.gov

 

In Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri:

Ryan Anthony
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Illinois-Iowa Field Office
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Phone: 309-757-5800 x205
E:mail: Ryan_Anthony@fws.gov


 

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