To minimize conflicts between wind development and eagle use areas, the Service is working with federal agencies, private land owners, and developers in crafting eagle conservation strategies and advanced conservation practices for projects in suitable locations. The Service uses several conservation tools to help with the conservation of eagles related to development and energy issues. These tools include: The Land Based Wind Energy Guidelines and the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance.
The United States has long imposed special protections for its Bald and Golden eagle populations. Now, as the nation seeks to increase its production of domestic energy, wind energy developers and wildlife agencies have recognized a need for specific guidance to help make wind energy facilities compatible with eagle conservation and the laws and regulations that protect eagles.
To meet this need, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance (ECPG). This document provides specific in-depth guidance for conserving Bald and Golden eagles in the course of siting, constructing, and operating wind energy facilities.
Cameras that provide live coverage of nesting bald eagles to the Internet have become a popular educational tool. However, because there is the potential for eagles to be disturbed by the process of camera installation and operation, or by people visiting the nest site, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) developed the following guidance for the use of cameras at bald eagle nests. At this time, the Service does not recommend the use of such cameras at golden eagle nests.
The Post-delisting Monitoring Plan (Plan) will monitor the status of the Bald Eagle by
collecting data on occupied nests over a 20-year period with sampling events held once every five years starting in early 2009.
The Service has been continuing to work on the analysis of the data from the 2009 baseline survey as time allows. Recent prioritization of eagle-wind issues, and specifically the evaluation of site-specific risk of eagle take at proposed wind facilities, has delayed the post-delisting survey report. The Service will continue to work with State, Tribal, and other partners as we work toward completing the analysis and evaluate the results.