Ecological Services
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Bald Eagle Management Guidelines & Conservation Measures

Determining Whether Large Construction/Expansion 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, 3 or more stories.


    Building construction, 1 or 2 story, with a 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.


You have determined that the bald eagle nest (active or alternate) can be seen from the project site and that there is no similar activity within 660 feet of the nest.

Therefore, to avoid disturbing nesting eagles and their young, it is recommended that you:

    (1) maintain a buffer of at least 660 feet (200 meters) between your activities and the nest (including active and alternate nests),

    (2) maintain any established landscape buffers, and

    (3) if possible, create additional landscape buffers to screen the new 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 these 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.


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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