Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Minnesota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Minnesota Project

Summarizing data and developing conservation practices for eagle nesting and concentration areas in the Midwest Region

November 2010 - September 2012


Participating Agencies

  • Region 3, Migratory Birds

Bald and golden eagles have special legal status in the United States and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has legal management authority. Bald eagles have rebounded to high population levels across the Midwestern U.S. following banning of some organochlorine pesticides, which inhibited reproduction. In contrast, golden eagles are relatively rare in the Midwestern U.S., and there is concern about golden eagle mortality associated with wind farms and other anthropogenic factors. We are working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and managers to compile information about bald and golden eagles in the Upper Midwest, and develop conservation strategies and identify research priorities.