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- Rich Staffen
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), a bird listed as Special Concern in Wisconsin and Federally protected by the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act, prefers large trees in isolated areas in proximity to large areas of surface water, large complexes of deciduous forest, coniferous forest, wetland, and shrub communities. Large lakes and rivers with nearby tall pine trees are preferred for nesting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidance states that human activity should be avoided from January 15 - July 30 within a set distance of a nest, depending on the activity. Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's eagle permit pages [exit DNR] for more guidance. This species is not actively tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database, but it could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of its decline.
Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin
The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations.
Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.
Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.
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A guidance document is not available at this time. However, the bird calendar contains dates for avoiding impacts to this and other rare Wisconsin birds when planning management activities.
Links to additional Bald Eagle information
- Federal Laws that Protect Bald Eagles
- Michigan Natural Features Inventory
- Wisconsin All-Bird Conservation Plan
- All About Birds Species Account (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
- Adopt an Eagle Nest
- Bald Eagle Watching
- Wisconsin Bald Eagle and Osprey Surveys