Raptor viewing etiquette

We should all observe good raptor viewing etiquette, not only during the nesting season, but also during migration and the winter months when many raptors will gather together in good hunting areas.

Our mere presence can alter an animal’s natural behavior. Always keep the mantra “do no harm” in mind whenever you unintentionally come upon wild animals doing their thing or when intentionally wanting to photograph an animal in their habitat. Do no harm.

Remember that raptors are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and bald and golden eagles have additional protections under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

  • Respect landowners and do not trespass.
  • If you see raptors on the ground, do not approach or feed.
  • USFWS mandates safe viewing of bald eagle nests of at least 330 ft away.

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