What We Do
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to conserve and manage both bald eagle and golden eagle populations to assure both species continue to thrive.
The Service provides information and recommendations on living around eagles and working around eagles to help protect eagles and facilitate compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may issue permits for the take, possession, or transportation of bald and golden eagles, as well as their parts, nests, and eggs.
Eagle Feathers and Parts for Native Americans
Native Americans can request and possess eagle feathers and parts for religious and cultural purposes from our National Eagle Repository.
Crimes Against Eagles
Our National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab examines, identifies, and compares evidence using a wide range of scientific procedures and instruments, in the attempt to link suspect, victim, and crime scene with physical evidence.
Our Projects and Research
Our Laws and Regulations
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."
Eagle Incidental Take Permit Regulations
On December 14, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule revising the regulations for permits for incidental take of eagles and take of eagle nests. The Service analyzed various alternative management options and rule revisions, including the final rule revisions, in a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS).
Among other revisions, the final rule addresses criteria for permit issuance, compensatory mitigation requirements, permit duration, and data standards for submitting permit applications.
- Final Eagle Incidental Take and Eagle Nest Take Regulations
- Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
- Record of Decision
- Questions and Answers about Implementing the Revised Eagle Incidental Take Permit Regulations
For more information, these documents are also available on www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS–R9–MB–2011–0094.
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.