eagles are sensitive to human disturbance. If you disturb birds at a nest site,
adults may abandon their eggs or young in the nest. The pair may not renest or
produce any young until the following year. Watching eagles during the winter
has less impact on the birds, especially if done in a safe and responsible way.
or harass wintering eagles, since they are already stressed by the cold and
scarcity of food. Scaring eagles away from their food could deprive them of the
energy they need to maintain their body temperature through the cold night.
Unhealthy eagles generally do not successfully raise young the following
Stay at least 300 yards from perched eagles or even
farther away during severe weather.
Stay in your
vehicle when eagle watching, or use some other obstruction, such as a blind or
feed mainly early in the morning, plan viewing trips for late morning or
The best time
to visit eagle winter feeding areas is from December through February. Eagles
return to their nesting areas in late February or early March.
eagles are usually found near open water, where water flowing through the dams
on rivers keeps the water from freezing. Eagles concentrate in these areas to
hunt for fish and injured waterfowl.
Watch for other
interesting birds near winter eagle sites. The open water attracts many species
of waterfowl. Other raptors, such as rough-legged and red-tailed hawks, are
frequently seen in the open countryside.