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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Overview

Overview


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.

State status

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.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus is not tracked by the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program at this time (this species is not on the NHI Working List).

Summary Information
State StatusSC/P
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS4B,S4N
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIW

Photos/Video

Photos


Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is one of several iconic species strongly associated with lakes and northern forests.

Photo © Jack Bartholmai.

Bald Eagle

Immature with some black remaining on head.

Photo © Jack Bartholmai.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle on nest along Sugar River.

Photo by Rich Staffen, WDNR.

Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagles.

Photo © Ron Eckstein.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Bald Eagle

Immature.

Photo © Jack Bartholmai.

Bald Eagle

Photo © Karen Laubenstein.

Bald Eagle

Photo © Laura Erickson.

Bald Eagle

Photo © Laura Erickson.


Last revised: Wednesday, June 01, 2016