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Summarizing data and developing conservation practices for eagle nesting and concentration areas in the Midwest Region


November 2010 - September 2012


Bald and golden eagles have special legal status in the United States and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has legal management authority. Bald eagles have rebounded to high population levels across the Midwestern U.S. following banning of some organochlorine pesticides, which inhibited reproduction. In contrast, golden eagles are relatively rare in the Midwestern U.S., and there is concern about golden eagle mortality associated with wind farms and other anthropogenic factors. We are working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and managers to compile information about bald and golden eagles in the Upper Midwest, and develop conservation strategies and identify research priorities.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



  • David AndersenPrincipal Investigator
  • JASON BRUGGEMANCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Region 3, Migratory Birds


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey