Eagle Eyes & Protection

Bald Eagle Nest | Fawnskin Flyer

So there are a lot of different people watching for Jack the bald eaglet–who is growing fast. I got to watch him stretch his wings and lean into the wind while flapping yesterday but today I was too late to see him since he apparently had nestled down for the night.

Now, I know I usually write the high altitude cooking this time of the month but since I can do what I want…you get to read more about bald eagle things instead. But I know you will forgive me since you are getting more than the twice a week info and this is really the talk of the town.

In the last post I wrote about the photographer that breached the forest closure and so I thought it might be good to share some of laws protecting these eagles since it gets a big confusing with so many agencies involved.

Plus, GG wants you to be in the know!

So, here it goes…

Although the Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species in August 8, 2007, it remains endangered in California.

The California Endangered Species Act (CESA)
The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) is administered under the California Department of Fish and Game (Code Section 2050 et seq.) and prohibits the “take” of plant and animal species designated by the Fish and Game Commission as either threatened or endangered in the state of California.

  • The official California listing of Endangered and Threatened animals is contained in the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 670.5.
  • The official federal listing of Endangered and Threatened animals is published in the Federal Register, 50 CFR 17.11.

Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is a law, originally passed in 1940, that provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle (as amended in 1962) by prohibiting the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit (16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22). “Take” includes pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb (16 U.S.C. 668c; 50 CFR 22.3).

The 1972 amendments increased civil penalties for violating provisions of the Act to a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment with $10,000 or not more than two years in prison for a second conviction. Felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment. The fine doubles for an organization.

Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act. Consider this as an incentive for Fawnskin Folks to step up and snitch.

Seriously, we all want Jack to grow up and the eagles to nest here again. So far they are doing a great job.

View Disturbance PDF

Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a Federal law that carries out the United States’ commitment to four international conventions with Canada, Japan, Mexico and Russia. Those conventions protect birds that migrate across international borders.

The take of all migratory birds, including bald eagles, is governed by the Migratory Birds Treaty Act (MBTA). These regulations prohibit the taking (as defined above), killing, possession, transportation, and importation of migratory birds, their eggs, parts, and nests except as authorized under a valid permit (50 CFR 21.11).

Penalties under the MBTA include a maximum of two years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for a felony conviction and six months imprisonment or $5,000 fine for a misdemenor conviction. Fines double if the violator is an organization rather than an individual.

The MBTA and its implementing regulations provide authority for the conservation of bald eagles and protect against take if the Endangered Species Act protections are removed.

US Forestry Service
Forestry Service personnel manage the forest lands and resources. It gets a bit confusing since there are so many different departments and ranger districts but it originated in 1891 with the Forest Reserve Act from which the San Bernardino Forest Reserve evolved. In 1907, this became the San Bernardino National Forest which was set aside for the conservation of natural resources…including “our” eagles.

That is it for this week–unless I have something else amazing to share. Otherwise I’ll be back on Tuesday!



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  • 1
    Deb
    March 15th, 2012 20:31

    Wish we had an eagle cam! I would be so hooked! Saw the eaglet on Wednesday. He/she is so big! Sounds like you are getting hooked! The birds are so remarkable to watch. Did you get my email that the male owl McGee is missing and presumed dead. So sad. 🙁

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    March 20th, 2012 20:44

    They hope to have an eagle cam up next year. I was sad to hear about McGee and the clutch–thanks for letting me know as I missed the news.