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For information on bald eagles, contact:
Laura Jaskiewicz
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Eagles in Wisconsin

Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery since their listing in the 1970s as an endangered species. The national ban on the pesticide DDT, added protections under state and federal endangered species laws, and public support of nest monitoring and protection efforts allowed Wisconsin bald eagles to fly off the state endangered species list in 1997 and the federal list a decade later.

Eagle watching events

Wisconsin offers numerous opportunities to view eagles and learn more about these majestic birds.

Never disturb birds at a roost: When viewing eagles, please take care not to disturb them. On public properties all nests are fully protected from disturbances and habitat is managed to promote tall snags and large white pines. Do not venture so close that you cause them to fly off. They need their energy to keep warm through the long winter night. Stay in your car unless you are at a staffed viewing site. Your car makes a good "blind" and does not frighten eagles.

Protections in place to keep bald eagle populations strong

Bald eagle nests are federally protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's eagle permit pages [exit DNR] provide guidance for landowners to avoid impacting eagle nests on their property.

Nest monitoring surveys and winter surveys continue to keep tabs on the population and to provide landowners with the best guidance on how to avoid impacting eagle nests. DNR aerial nest surveys in 2018 found a record 1,695 occupied nests, up from 108 in the 1970s.

2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey Report [PDF]

Partners keep the recovery going strong

Volunteers and organizations ranging from local conservation groups like Ferry Bluff Eagle Council in Sauk Prairie to wildlife rehabilitators like the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo to tourism groups along the Wisconsin, Fox and Mississippi rivers have played a key role in restoring bald eagle populations and raising awareness about this bird and its habitat. Their continued commitment to monitoring eagles and hosting educational birdwatching events keeps eagle populations strong and assures Wisconsin keeps a close eye on its eagle population. Thank you!

Help protect Wisconsin's eagles

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Celebrate eagles’ comeback and help
support the next conservation success
by buying our new bald eagle license plate.

DNR's work with bald eagles is funded by donations through the Adopt an Eagle Nest program. Individuals and organizations are able to "adopt" a nest and help pay for surveys, rehabilitation, research, protection and education.

Everybody loves a comeback story

Read more about bald eagles’ recovery and Wisconsinites experience with eagles in this collection of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine stories.

One foggy morning on the Mississippi: Bird encounter brings new meaning to ‘The eagle has landed,” December 2018.
Eagle encounters on the Fox, December 2017.
Talon a great story: Bald eagle license plate celebrates a comeback and raises funding for endangered resources, October 2015.
A bird’s eye view: What eagle research tells us about waterway cleanup and the comeback of an American icon, February 2014
Bald and beautiful: Eagles return to stir emotion, spur economics, December 2007.

Last revised: Tuesday May 21 2019