Eagle Incidental Take Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
On September 14, 2021, the Service published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input and feedback on potential approaches to improve permitting of incidental take of eagles. The Service’s intent for both bald and golden eagles is to ensure that the regulations for these permits are consistent with the goal of maintaining stable or increasing breeding populations. The notice is available at www.regulations.gov at docket Number: Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2020-0023. Public comments were due by October 29, 2021 and the Service is now reviewing those comments.
Updated Eagle Nest Survey Guidance
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced new guidance regarding eagle nest survey areas. The updated recommendation is to conduct field surveys for eagle nests only within 2 miles around the project footprint. This guidance supersedes the recommendations in the Service's 2013 Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance.