Bald Eagles

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About Bald Eagles

America's official symbol, the Bald Eagle is a majestic sight. It is found throughout the United States. But to actually see one, it is best to get help -- asking a local to find out the location of a nest. Unless, of course, you make the trip to the Klamath Basin in February.

Where to See Bald Eagles

The Klamath Basin in Oregon and California is definitely the best place. In February, as many as 1000 Bald Eagles gather. For details, and for other good locations, see below:


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Klamath Basin, Oregon

Up to a thousand bald eagles can gather in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California during winter months. It is a spectacular place to see the Bald Eagles. February is the peak time, when the number of Bald Eagles can climb over the 1000 mark! It is an absolutely amazing place! See Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge

Yellowstone National Park

On the entrance road into Yellowstone National Park from the west (from Montana), there was a nest (in 2009) alongside the road. It was a great spot to photograph the Bald Eagle. I don't know if it is still there, but Bald Eagles generally return to the same nest year after year, so it might be...

Bald Eagles are frequently seen along the rivers in Yellowstone. Early morning along the Madison is one of the best spots. Also just south of Canyon along the Yellowstone River is another good place to watch for eagles. See Yellowstone.net.


Colorado

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. In winter and early spring, just before ice trickles into snowmelt, up to 100 bald eagles can be seen feasting on fish. An 80-foot-high bluff overlooking the refuge is a good place to set up your tripod and spot the regal national bird. There’s more plumage than just the bald eagle variety; watch for an abundance of waterfowl and wading birds, golden eagles, great horned and short-eared owls and other raptors. See Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge.


Maryland

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Maryland is also a haven for several troubled species including the American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the migrant peregrine falcon. The Refuge is unique in that it hosts the largest remaining natural population of Delmarva fox squirrels and is also host to the largest breeding population of bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. See Blackwater Wildlife Refuge


Other Good Locations

I had a pair of Bald Eagles swoop over my head as I canoed the Delaware River, in the Delaware Water Gap, in northeast Pennsylvania. -- John D.


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Links

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge