New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England



Bald Eagle Guidance

Bald Eagle has Recovered!

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On June 28, 2007, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the removal of the bald eagle from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife. The bald eagle is now found throughout the United States after being nearly wiped out several decades ago from pollution, persecution and habitat loss. Visit the National Bald Eagle Page for updated information the delisting action.

Although the eagle will no longer be protected by the Endangered Species Act, the bald eagle will continue to be protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

On June 5, 2007 the Service opened a 90-day public comment period on a proposal to create a permit program to authorize a limited amount of “incidental take” of bald and golden eagles if a project cannot avoid take of bald eagles as defined under the Bald and Golden Eagle Act.

The following links will facilitate information exchange and provide guidance for achieving compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Definition of Disturb  (pdf size 127)

Northeast Bald Eagle Management Guidelines

Consultations with Federal Agencies

The Endangered Species Act Consultation Handbook

Most frequently asked questions

Bald Eagle Guidance

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Last updated: December 1, 2009