Welcome to the Juneau Fish and Wildlife Field Office Eagle Permit Program Page
Resources on this Eagle Permit Program Page will help you:
- Use USFWS guidelines and recommendations to avoid and minimize negative impacts to eagles.
- Determine if your proposed activity or project may require a permit from the USFWS.
- Links to important information about bald and golden eagles and the federal law that protects them (please see the Left Navigation area for more information).
- Assist in locating bald eagle nest known locations, utilizing the Bald Eagle Nest Locations Page.
Bald eagles, their eggs, and their nests are protected throughout the United States by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. These federal laws forbid “take”, which is defined to include pursue, hunt, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, possess, molest, or disturb.
||Eagles can be sensitive to habitat alterations and disruptive activities near their nests, leading, in some cases, to nest abandonment, mortality of eggs or young, or destruction of a nest. To help landowners, developers, and others avoid such impacts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed guidelines for management of nest sites. Compliance with the guidelines is voluntary, not mandatory.
Those who follow the guidelines reduce the risk of impacting eagles, and of violating the laws that protect these birds. Those who do not follow the guidelines increase the risk of impacts and of prosecution if “take” occurs. The National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines can be downloaded at:
For specific recommendations from the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines visit the Avoid Disturbing Nesting Bald Eagles. This page will provide step by step guidance and help you determine if your project or activity will “take” bald eagles, how to minimize disturbance, if a permit is necessary, and avoid a potential violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Permits Available under the Eagle Permit Program
22.21 Scientific Exhibition
An International Transport for Scientific or Exhibition Purposes Permit is required for the export, re-import, or transport of bald or golden eagle parts from or to the United States for scientific or educational exhibition purposes.
22.22 Indian Religious
The National Eagle Repository was established as a central clearinghouse to collect and distribute eagle parts. To request eagles, parts and feathers for Native American religious purposes from the National Eagle Repository.
22.23 Eagle Depredation
An Eagle Depredation Permit is required to take or disturb bald or golden eagles that have become injurious to wildlife, agriculture or other personal property, or human health or safety.
22.24 Golden Eagle Falconry
An Eagle Falconry Permit is required to possess and transport eagles for falconry purposes. Only golden eagles may be possessed for falconry.
22.25 Golden Eagle Nest Interfering with Resource Development or Recovery
A Take of Golden Eagle Nests Permit is available only to parties engaged in a resource development or recovery operation and only when nests are inactive.
22.26 Eagle Take Associated with, but not the Purpose of an Activity
This permit authorizes take, including disturbance of live bald and golden eagles and their eggs, where the take is associated with, but not the purpose of some human activity or project, and where take cannot practicably be avoided. Authorization is subject to conditions
22.27 Removal of Eagle Nest
This permit authorizes removal or relocation of an eagle nest in certain instances, including an active or inactive nest where necessary to alleviate a safety emergency; an inactive nest when the removal is necessary to ensure public health and safety; an inactive nest that is built on a human-engineered structure and creates a functional hazard that renders the structure inoperable; or an inactive nest in certain other instances where the take or the mitigation for the take will provide a clear and substantial benefit to eagles.
Please contact the Juneau Field Office for up to date eagle nest locations, buffer distances between known eagle nest locations and the proposed project/activity or further guidance on the Eagle Permitting Program.
Fish & Wildlife Biologist
Last updated: October 24, 2011