The State Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating bald eagle nests in North Dakota.
Game and Fish Department conservation biologist Sandra Johnson said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings. “Eagles are actively incubating eggs in March and April,” Johnson said. “It is easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size.”
Historically, Johnson said eagle nests were found along the Missouri River. Now, they have been observed in more than half of the counties in the state, mostly near streams and mid- to large-sized lakes. However, they are also found in unique areas such as shelterbelts surrounded by cropland or pasture.
Johnson estimates the state has around 120 active bald eagle nests, possibly more.
Nest observations should be reported to Johnson at 701-328-6382, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observers are asked to not disturb the nest, and to stay away at a safe distance. “It is important not to approach the nest as foot traffic may disturb the bird, likely causing the eagle to leave her eggs unattended,” Johnson said.