Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Bald Eagle

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S3B, S3N - Vulnerable Breeding, Vulnerable Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant, uncommon and local breeder

Size

30 to 43

Habitat

Large lakes and rivers

Photo by Wayne Rasmussen
Size

30 to 43 in length

66 to 96 wingspan

 

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Migration

Mid-February to April and late August to late December


Comments

Population Rebound
On June 14, 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a ban on the use of DDT in the United States. The reason for the ban, according to William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the EPA, was “the continued massive use of DDT posed unacceptable risks to the environment and potential harm to human health.” The ban took effect on December 31, 1972.

In 1973 there were estimated to be just 149 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in Minnesota. In 2005 the number of Breeding pairs icreased to 1,312.

On June 28, 2007, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced the removal of the bale eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species. It is still federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In Minnesota it had been listed first as threatened in 1984, then as a species of special concern in 1996. On August 19, 2013, it was removed from the list but location records continue to be maintained by the Department of Natural Resources


Taxonomy

Order:

Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey)

 

Family:

Accipitridae (eagles, hawks, and kites)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Northern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis)

Southern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Actively used Bald Eagle nest, high in a cottonwood on the grounds of the former Albert Lea Country Club, Freeborn County, MN, September 2017

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Eagle on haybale

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Trisha


We had an eagle in the yard today. He sat contently in the tree until a loud vehicle went by.

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National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN

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Bald Eagle shot in rural Dodge Co. on May 22- they are nesting in a large cottonwood on a fence row. This is about 4-5 miles from Rice Lake SP. Pentax 55-300mm with my K-5.

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Haliaeetus leucocephalus

 
     
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Lexington Avenue, Shoreview, MN 3-18-2012

 
     

 

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  Bald Eagles (Accipitridae: Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Nest-building
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Uploaded on Oct 30, 2011

Gracious! Nest-building in late October? Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (30 October 2011). Go here to learn more about nest-building in this species: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/eagle/guidelines/baea_nhstry_snstvty.html

 
     
  Bald Eagle taking a 24 inch Northern Lake Duroy Phillips Wisconsin
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Eagle taking a 24 inch northern off the ice on Jan 25th, 2007.

 
     
  Swimming Bald Eagle - Bay Lake MN
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Bald eagle swimming after failing to pluck a dead duck out of the water in Bay Lake, MN. July 2010.

 
     
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Published on Oct 4, 2013

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  Lead ammunition takes toll on bald eagle population
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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2009

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center weighs in on the effects of lead ammunition on the state's bald eagle population.

Bald eagles are becoming secondarily lead poisoned by scavenging on lead poisoned or lead shot-crippled waterfowl.

 
     

 

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Randy
September 2017

Location: Freeborn County, MN

Actively used Bald Eagle nest, high in a cottonwood on the grounds of the former Albert Lea Country Club

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Trisha
3/15/2017

We had an eagle in the yard today.  He sat contently in the tree until a loud vehicle went by.

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Trisha
12/6/2016

 

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Margot Avey
10/14/2016

Location: between Moose Lake and Cromwell, Minnesota

Eagle on haybale

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Wayne Rasmussen
5/22/2016

Location: Dodge Co.

Bald Eagle shot in rural Dodge Co. on May 22- they are nesting in a large cottonwood on a fence row. This is about 4-5 miles from Rice Lake SP. Pentax 55-300mm with my K-5.

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Kirk Nelson
4/20/2014

Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park

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Wayne Rasmussen
11/14/2009

Location: National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN

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