Game and Fish Department conservation biologist Sandra Johnson said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings. 'Eagles are actively tending to eggs or their young in April,' Johnson said, while noting it is easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size. Historically, Johnson said [...]

Game and Fish Department conservation biologist Sandra Johnson said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings. 'Eagles are actively tending to eggs or their young in April,' Johnson said, while noting it is easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size.

Historically, Johnson said eagle nests were found along the Missouri River. Now, they have been observed in more than three-quarters of the counties in the state, mostly near streams and mid- to large-sized lakes. However, they are also found in unique areas such as shelterbelts surrounded by cropland or pasture.

Johnson estimates the state has around 170 active bald eagle nests, possibly more.

Nest observations should be reported to Game and Fish at  701-328-6300  , or by email atndgf@nd.gov  .

Observers are asked to not disturb the nest, and to stay away at a safe distance. Johnson said foot traffic may disturb the bird, likely causing the eagle to leave her eggs or young unattended.