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History, Nesting Population, Migration, Home Range, and Habitats used by Louisiana Bald Eagles

Adult Bald Eagle


August 2011 - July 2014


The objectives of this project are to: 1) document the history of LDWF’s Bald Eagle nest monitoring program, 2) document the exponential increase in Louisiana’s Bald Eagle nesting population, 3) document migration routes and stopover locations for migrant Louisiana Bald Eagles, 4) determine home ranges and quantify habitats used by nesting Bald Eagles in Louisiana using GIS and remote sensing techniques, and 5) quantify habitats used outside Louisiana using remote sensing techniques and GIS, and evaluate possible population risks and threats. These data will allow us to further delineate which habitats are essential for Bald Eagles, both in Louisiana and elsewhere, for meeting seasonal resource demands. This information will be used by resource managers to make informed decisions concerning human development activities in habitats used by Louisiana Bald Eagles.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 42

Presentations: 76



  • Alan AftonPrincipal Investigator
  • Nickolas SmithStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  2. Louisiana State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute