Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Near water, including rivers, lakes, and coastal sites, to an altitude of 6,500 feet.


Status: Not Threatened

Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Act, despite their removal from the Endangered Species List in 2007. Their population in California is rising


Current Threats

Illegal hunting and habitat loss due to logging and deforestation. Lead poisoning from consuming ducks hunted with lead bullets.


Oakland Zoo's Role

Our partner, the Ventana Wildlife Society, works to establish a self-sustaining population of Bald Eagles on California’s central coast region. Ventana was a Quarters for Conservation grant recipient in 2012, and received vital funding that was supported by Zoo visitors like you.


How Can You Help?

• Use nontoxic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals; dispose all other chemicals only in accordance to law.

• Only purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood to aid in the protection of old growth trees, where Bald Eagles nest.

• Help monitor local Bald Eagle populations by participating in citizen science counts, such as with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

• Help remove lead bullets from the ecosystem by using and promoting non-lead ammunition.


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