NH Audubon has been a leader in monitoring and management of New Hampshire’s Bald Eagle population since the 1980s. NH Audubon coordinated our state’s Midwinter Eagle Survey for 40 years from 1980 through 2020. When these one-day winter counts began, our volunteers typically found less than 5 individual eagles statewide. But during our final survey in 2020, we tallied over 100 eagles seen on the count for the first time! Over the years, we have also worked with land conservation groups to protect sensitive areas that eagles use as winter night roosts.
When Bald Eagles began to nest again in the Granite State in 1989 after a 40-yr hiatus, NH Audubon initiated management steps that increased the likelihood of breeding success. Our Conservation staff works with NH Fish & Game to advise private landowners on how best to manage eagle breeding sites on their property, installs metal predator guards on nest trees, and promotes reduced-disturbance buffer zones. We also work with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary clinics to rehabilitate and release injured eagles back into the wild.
Currently, there are over 80 territorial pairs of Bald Eagles in New Hampshire, and those numbers continue to rise. The Bald Eagle was removed from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List in 2007, and from the New Hampshire T&E List in 2017. Volunteers can learn more about becoming involved in our ongoing monitoring and management efforts by contacting raptor specialist Chris Martin in the Conservation Department.
Project Leader: Chris Martin
Photo (circle): Breeding pair in Manchester NH, by Grace Preston.