What We Do: Conserve & Protect
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife, state agencies, conservation groups, and like-minded individuals must all do their part in protecting the Bald Eagle. One might say, “I know there are Federal and State laws in place to protect eagles, but what can I, as an individual, do to help?”
Actions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Protect eagle habitats. Notify your local state wildlife agency if you notice a disturbance of an eagle nest habitat area by an individual or a corporation.
- Keep safe distances from their nests and roost site so as not to disturb eagles.
- If a nest is blown from a tree, help monitor and protect the area for up to 3 complete breeding seasons. Many eagles will rebuild the same nest, or build a nest close by.
- Advocate for eagle friendly power lines in areas where eagles are present; write to your government officials to lobby against indiscriminate wind-turbines that kill thousands of eagles; avoid harmful pesticides that contaminate the environment and threaten wildlife.
- Landfill areas should immediately cover carcasses of euthanized animals to avoid other animals such as eagles being poisoned by them.
- Hunt and fish responsibly—do not ever use lead shot or fishing apparatus.
The American Eagle Foundation’s mission to keep America’s eagles flying strong and free includes the pillar of Conservation and Protection. Specifically, we engage in non-releasable bird care, Bald Eagle protection & advocacy, and creating & managing a Nest Egg Fund in order to maintain AEF programs designed to help the Bald Eagle.