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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

On August 9, 2007, bald eagles were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species and were therefore no longer protected under the Endangered Species Act. However, bald eagles remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act). The Eagle Act prohibits anyone from taking bald eagles. Among other actions, "take" includes disturbance of bald eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines to advise when and under what circumstances the protective provisions of the act may apply to activities on public and private lands and to help people minimize their impacts on the birds.