Information for Golden Eagle Management

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This work provides basic information for managing golden eagles in the context of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668d). The recent development of energy resources, such as wind, oil, gas, and solar, can potentially affect landscapes in ways that require changes in golden eagle management practices. Our work emphasizes priority information needs identified by the USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It includes assembling historical records and analyzing them to predict golden eagle distributions at regional and local scales and to assess population status. We are investigating genetic structure among three geographic groups of eagles. Another topic of research is testing survey and monitoring methods for golden eagles and estimating their occupancy of areas of special interest for eagle management. Our results will inform policy decisions, provide resource managers with data about golden eagle ecology, and provide guidance to biologists about techniques for monitoring eagles in the context of adaptive management.