Ohio Ecological Services Field Office
Midwest Region

Endangered Species


Listed Species with Lead in Ohio
  American Burying Beetle (regional)
Bald Eagle
  Copperbelly Watersnake
  Lake Erie Watersnake
  Indiana Bat
  Lakeside Daisy
  Scioto Madtom
  Purple Cat's Paw
Pearly Mussel
  Running Buffalo Clover

Candidate Species


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Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Family: Accipitridae

Current Status: Recovered and Delisted

On August 9, 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. After nearly disappearing from most of the United States decades ago, the bald eagle is now flourishing across the nation and no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

The two main factors that led to the recovery of the bald eagle were the banning of the pesticide DDT and habitat protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act for nesting sites and important feeding and roost sites. This recovery could not have been accomplished without the support and cooperation of many private and public landowners.

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The bald eagle still remains protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and these laws prohibit taking or disturbing bald eagles or their nests. If you are planning any kind of activity within 660 feet of a bald eagle nest in Ohio, coordination with our office is recommended. You can start by reviewing the Bald Eagle Management Guidelines and Conservation Measures, and then ohio@fws.govcontact us for further guidance.

If you are proposing a project that is near a bald eagle nest, guidance is available to help avoid and minimize the potential for impacts or take of eagles.

Regulations authorizing non-purposeful take permits for bald and golden eagles were recently finalized. More information can be obtained at:

For information on bald and golden eagle non-purposeful take permits for wind power projects, please see:

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Last updated: February 20, 2012