During 2007, the bald eagle pair at
Bass Lake returned to nest again. Our monitoring of the
nest was less intensive than years past, as these birds
seem to be settling in quite well, and other wildlife
priorities required attention. No pictures of the bald
eagle pair were taken by the Forest Service in 2007.
The pair fledged two young eagles this summer. This
represents the fourth consecutive year that the Bass
Lake eagles have successfully fledged young. In light
of this, we assume the level of human activity going
on around them is something they are accepting. Based
upon observations from years prior, we anticipate the
eagle pair will likely start a new nesting cycle in February.
We expect that the adult pair will hang around through
the winter as they have in years past. We hope to find
them during the winter eagle survey in January 2008.
The January 2007 winter eagle survey at Bass Lake was
successful in locating one adult eagle and one juvenile
During the winter the adult eagles will eventually force
their fledged young to disperse to parts unknown to explore,
find a suitable territory, and hopefully a mate.
Update! Effective August 8, 2007, the US Fish and Wildlife
Service has delisted the bald eagle in the lower 48
states from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened
Wildlife. After nearly disappearing from most of the
U.S., the bald eagle is now flourishing and no longer
needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
“Fueled by a reduction in the threats to the bald eagle,
the population in the lower 48 states has increased
from approximately 487 breeding pairs in 1963, to an
estimated 9,789 breeding pairs today.” (USFWS, 2007).
The recovery of the eagle is due in part to the reduction
of levels of persistent organochlorine pesticides (such
as DDT) occurring in the environment, as well as habitat
protection and management actions. The bald eagle will
continue to be protected under the Bald and Golden
Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) of 1940, and the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918.
USFWS. 2007. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants;
Removing the Bald
Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered
and Threatened Wildlife, Final Rule. Federal Register