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 similar activity within 660 feet (200 meters) 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 all your activities and the nest (including active and alternate nests), or if a similar activity is closer than 660 feet, then maintain a distance buffer at least as far from the nest as the existing tolerated activity,

    (2) within 660 feet (200 meters) of the nest (including active and alternate nests), 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.),

    (3) maintain any established landscape buffers , and

    (4) if possible, create additional landscape buffers to screen the new activity from active and alternate nests).


    - 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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