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
disturb nesting bald eagles (a potential violation of the Bald
and Golden Eagle Protection Act) and
measures that you can take to avoid that disturbance. The
guidance on this website is specific to the Southeast (Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina,
and Tennessee). To
use this website most effectively, we recommend that you
read the Bald
Eagle Natural History and Sensitivity document.
Please Note! Eagles are unlikely to be
disturbed by routine use of roads, homes, or other facilities
where such use was present before an eagle pair successfully
nested in a given area. This guidance is specifically for
new or intermittent activities.
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 that most closely fits your activity.
A. For active and alternate bald eagle nests, 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. For active and alternate bald eagle nests, 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.
- Oil and natural gas drilling and refining.
- Installation or expansion of marinas with a capacity
of 6 or more boats.
C. For active and alternate bald eagle nests, if your project is a timber operation and forestry practices, click here.
D. If your activity is helicopter and fixed-wing
aircraft use, click
E. If your activity is blasting and other loud,
intermittent noise (including fireworks), click
F. For routine motorized and non-motorized recreation
that includes hiking, camping, atv use, and boating, click