Why is Eagle Research Important?

Two researchers tagging a golden eagle

To predict and evaluate the effects of permitted take on eagles the Service needs to understand:

Information from ongoing research improves predictions about how different activities affect individual eagles, when take is likely to occur, and what levels of impact have a significant effect on eagle populations.

This information allows the Service to make better decisions about bald and golden eagle management actions, including the amount of take that can be authorized.

USFWS Eagle Research Efforts

The Service works closely with the U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies to support research on:

Examples of specific research projects include:

These and other important research efforts can be used to update and improve the studies that were conducted as part of the Final Environmental Assessment far the 2009 eagle permit regulations.

Download Bald and Golden Eagles Population demographics and estimation of sustainable take in the United States, 2016 update

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Eagle Research Funds

Golden Eagle Wingspan

The Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have established two new funds to support eagle research: a National Bald and Golden Eagle Research Fund and a Mojave and Sonoran Desert Fund. Each fund will have an advisory committee of federal, state, and private individuals to select and fund eagle research projects.

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