The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act continue to provide protections not only for bald eagles, but golden eagles, too. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to assure the preservation of both species of eagles.
What We Do
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to manage and conserve both bald eagle and golden eagle populations. We provide guidance on living and working around eagles, updates on the status of the populations of bald and golden eagles, and permits for the take, possession, or transportation of eagles and their parts, nests, and eggs.
Our Laws and Regulations
Both bald eagles and golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act also has regulations for permitting take, possession, and transportation of bald eagles or golden eagles (50 CFR 22). These regulations allow for permitting of "the taking, possession, and transportation within the United States of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and their parts, nests, and eggs for scientific, educational, and depredation control purposes; for the religious purposes of American Indian tribes; and to protect other interests in a particular locality" as well as governing "the transportation into or out of the United States of bald and golden eagle parts for scientific, educational, and Indian religious purposes."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering revisions to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act regulations regarding incidental eagle take permitting.
Info on Eagle Act Regulation Revisions
Latest Stories and Topics
This is a collection of key documents the Service uses with our partners and stakeholders to manage bald and golden eagles and help everyone remain in compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Projects and Research
Eagle Population Status
Understanding the populations of both bald eagles and golden eagles is the biological basis for the Service's regulatory management framework.
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