DNR Answers Question About Bald Eagles

     Just in case you wondered…



Q: I recently saw a bald eagle sitting on the edge of a nest. Isn’t it pretty early in the year for eagles to be nesting? And if they are, how far away from the nest should I stay so as not to disturb the birds?

A:  The first week in February is typically the time to look for bald eagles returning to their nests in Minnesota. However, since many bald eagles do not migrate, they may show up at their nests even earlier. Much more tolerant than previously thought, bald eagles are now nesting in urban areas. To avoid disturbing nesting eagles, when observing with non-motorized recreational activity, it is best to maintain a respectful distance of about 330 feet away.

-Lori Naumann, information officer, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program