Bald Eagle


Sand Lake NWR provides important habitat for migrating and nesting bald eagles.  Bald eagles often concentrate on Sand Lake during the spring and fall migrations, feeding on the migrating waterfowl.  Several hundred bald eagles can sometimes be observed on the refuge during the peak of the migration. In 1992, a pair of bald eagles attempted to nest on Sand Lake NWR. Although the nesting attempt was not successful, it was the first documented bald eagle nesting attempt in South Dakota since 1885. As of 2013, there are 15 active bald eagle nests in northern Brown County. Many of these nests are near Sand Lake NWR, and eagles can often be seen hunting on the refuge during the nesting season.