Bald Eagle Management
Through the work of New York's program and those in other states and Canada, the magnificent bird that symbolizes our nation is coming back from the brink of extinction. Higher population levels and successful reproduction mean the bald eagle is on a firmer footing today than it has been for half a century. In fact efforts have been so successful that the bald eagle has been removed from the federal endangered species list. Its status in New York has been changed from Endangered to Threatened.
In New York, the bald eagles' success story is the result of several DEC programs:
- Restrictions on the the use of toxic substances that interfere with the birds' breeding
- Intervention to protect and restore the species in the wild
- Protection of critical eagle habitat
- Research, monitoring and management of eagles in the wild
NYSDEC recently released a Draft 2015 Bald Eagle Conservation Management Plan for public comment. The plan focuses on providing the people of New York the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of the wildlife of the State, now and in the future, through scientifically sound management of wildlife species in a manner that is efficient, clearly described, consistent with law, and in harmony with public need. A final management plan is currently being developed by staff and will be released soon.
More about Bald Eagle Management:
- Twenty Five Year Old Bald Eagle Recaptured - Twenty five Year Old Bald Eagle Recaptured on the St Lawrence River
- Watchable Wildlife: Bald eagle - A brief description of the appearance, habitat and other interesting facts about the bald eagle. The best places in New York State to view bald eagles in the wild.
- Bald Eagle Program - How DEC monitors and protects New York's thriving bald eagle population; links to annual reports.
- Viewing Bald Eagles in New York State - How to identify bald eagles, where to view eagles in New York State, tips and etiquette for safe and protective viewing.
- Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey - DEC will once again be participating in the national mid-winter bald eagle survey, coordinated by the Biological Resources Division of the USGS.
- Bald Eagles of the Hudson River - The return of the bald eagle to the Hudson River.
- Bald Eagles in the St. Lawrence River Region - The St. Lawrence River area is one of New York's prime wintering locations for bald eagles, and for research and monitoring of these birds.
- Bald Eagle Restoration in New York, 1976 to 1989 - DEC's historic, first-of-its-kind program to bring the bald eagle back to New York State.