Migratory Bird Program Regional Office Atlanta, GA
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Step by Step Guidelines & Conservation Measures

Activity Category

This begins step-by-step guidance that will help you determine if your new or intermittent activity near an eagle nest, including alternate nests, is likely to take or disturb bald eagles (a potential violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act) and measures that you can adopt to avoid that disturbance. Remember your first responsibility is to avoid disturbance and/or impact to eagles and their nests. Please be aware-Following the guidelines does not guarantee that take or disturbance will not occur, however it reduces the potential for take, including disturbance.

Step 1.  Choose an Activity Category

Activities are separated into categories based on the nature and magnitude of impacts to bald eagles.  Select the category below that most closely fits your activity. 

A. If your project involves any of the following construction or development activities, click here.

  • Building construction, 1 or 2 story, with a project footprint of ½ acre or less. 

  • Construction of roads, trails, canals, power lines, and other linear utilities.

  • Agriculture or aquaculture – new or expanded operations.

  • Alteration of shorelines or wetlands.

  • Installation of docks or moorings.

  • Water impoundment.

B. If your project involves any of the following large construction/expansion activities, click here.

  • Building construction, 3 or more stories.

  • Building construction, 1 or 2 story, with project footprint of more than ½ acre. 

  • Mining.

  • Oil and natural gas drilling and refining.

  • Installation or expansion of marinas with a capacity of 6 or more boats.

C. If your project is a timber operation and forestry practices, click here.

D. If your activity is helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft use, click here.

E. If your activity is blasting and other loud, intermittent noise (including fireworks), click here.

F. For repeated motorized and non-motorized activities that includes hiking, camping, atv use, and boating, click here.



Last Updated: March 12, 2015