Ecological Services
Southeast Region


Bald Eagle Management Guidelines & Conservation Measures

Determining Whether Construction/Development Activities will Disturb Nesting Bald Eagles: Step 4

Step 4. Determining whether your activity is likely to disturb nesting bald eagles.

Your activity is: (Check your selection to document your choice)

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


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


    Agriculture or aquaculture operations - new or expanded.


    Alteration of shoreline or wetlands.


    Installation of docks or moorings.


    Water impoundment.


You have determined that the bald eagle nest (active or alternate) cannot be seen from the activity or project site and there is similar activity within 660 feet of the nest.

Therefore, to avoid disturbing nesting eagles and their young, we recommend that you:

    (1) maintain a buffer of at least 330 feet (100 meters) between all your activities and the nest (including active and alternate nests),

    (2) within 660 feet (200 meters) of the nest, restrict all clearing, external construction, and landscaping activities to outside the nesting season (i.e., outside the nesting season is from June through mid-August since the nesting season in the Southeast is generally from late September through late May), and

    (3) maintain established landscape buffers that screen the activity from the nest.


    - I can implement the recommendations.

      If you are able to implement these recommendations, disturbance of nesting bald eagles is unlikely to occur. We recommend printing this page, then signing and dating it for your records.

    - I cannot implement the recommendations.

      If you cannot adopt the recommendations, we suggest that you contact your local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office for further assistance in determining whether your activity may disturb nesting bald eagles.  You can also send an email to the Regional Office Migratory Birds at or contact Resee Collins -- 404-679-7051.



Date: _____________________________________

These recommendations are valid only for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Once you print a copy of this page send to appropriate ES Field Station
(for addresses go to



Last updated: June 28, 2007

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