Bureau of Land Management resumes annual bald eagle count on Lake Coeur d’Alene

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The annual migration of American bald eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene is fully underway!  The Bureau of Land Management has started the weekly bald eagle counts and invites you to follow along at:  https://on.doi.gov/3FXL6Tf  Weekly counts are conducted by a wildlife biologist along a set route and will continue through early January. 

The BLM also invites you to do your own tracking using the free downloadable iNaturalist app, available for both android and IOS users.  This year’s migration tracking project can be found by navigating to:  https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/north-idaho-eagle-watch-2021-2022 

iNaturalist offers a citizen scientist platform where followers can record their own eagle counts, learn about nature and communicate with other eagle watchers. (The option to utilize the iNaturalist app is provided for the benefit of the viewer as a courtesy and does not constitute an official BLM recommendation or endorsement of the link, the company behind the link, or any other third party.)

While the BLM will not hold in-person eagle watch events this year, the agency recommends several close-in BLM recreation sites for eagle viewing – the Blue Creek Bay picnic area, the Mineral Ridge boat launch parking lot and the Mineral Ridge trailhead. All three sites have parking and viewing options without having to cross busy roadways. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Suzanne Endsley