Eagles Land in Fawnskin

Each year Big Bear residents anticipate the arrival of the bald eagles. Over the past two days this pair has been seen on the ground of Grout Bay.

Many areas around the area remain closed to human traffic because of the eagles to prevent disturbance of our national bird.

The bald eagle was delisted from the Endangered Species Acts on June 28, 2007 in the lower 48 states.

Legal protection was then transferred from the Endangered Species Act to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The documents are currently offline but you can read the legal statutes here.

Disturbance of both bald and golden eagles is prohibited under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act but despite the posted signs in the Big Bear Valley, people often trespass into the protected areas.

So just what constitutes disturbance? The formal definition is to agitate or bother a bald or golden eagle to the degree that causes, or is likely to cause:

  1. injury to an eagle,
  2. a decrease in its productivity, by substantially interfering with its normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior, or
  3. nest abandonment, by substantially interfering with its normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior.

The National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines were finalized on June 28, 2007 for eagle management and for prevention of negative impact on these birds.



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