NDGF Asking the Public to Report Bald Eagle Nests


Staff reports

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating active bald eagle nests in North Dakota.

NDGF conservation biologist Sandra Johnson said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings.

Eagles are incubating eggs in April, and it’s easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size. Johnson estimates the state has around 240 active bald eagle nests, possibly more.

Eagle nests are observed in more than three-quarters of the counties in the state, mostly near streams and mid- to large-sized lakes. However, they are also found in unique areas such as shelterbelts surrounded by cropland or pasture.

Nest observations should be reported online at gf.nd.gov. In addition, observations can be submitted by email to ndgf@nd.gov or by calling 701-328-6300.

Observers are asked to not disturb the nest and to stay away at a safe distance. Johnson said foot traffic may disturb the bird, likely causing the eagle to leave her eggs or young unattended.

— Staff reports