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Lake Coeur d' Alene Eagle Watch

Each winter from November through February a migrating population of bald eagles visits the Lake Coeur d' Alene area to feed on spawning kokanee salmon. The BLM began counting bald eagles around Wolf Lodge Bay in 1974. The number of eagles returning to this area varies from year to year.

Suggested viewing areas: Higgins Point, Mineral Ridge Boat Ramp, Mineral Ridge Trailhead

Directions: About 11 miles east of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Take US-90 east from Coeur d'Alene for eight miles to Wolf Lodge Bay (exit 22), then south on Highway 97 for three miles.

Safety/Viewing Tips

  • Avoid disturbing the birds.  Do not approach them on foot.
  • Stay as far away from the birds as possible. Binoculars are essential.
  • Stay in your vehicle if viewing nearby birds.
  • Park off the main road
  • Do not stop on the road or look for eagles while driving. Interstate 90 and Highway 97 are heavily traveled. Remember, it is illegal to stop in any traffic lane.

    *Record your own bald eagle counts this year through the free iNaturalist app. For more information, visit: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/north-idaho-eagle-watch.

     

    Weekly Counts

    2020/2021

    November 12, 2020: 39 adults and 2 juveniles = 41 eagles

    November 19, 2020: 66 adults and 14 juveniles = 80 eagles

    November 25, 2020: 72 adults and 10 juveniles = 82 eagles 

    December 2, 2020: 68 adults and 4 juveniles = 72 eagles

    December 9, 2020: 45 adults and 6 juveniles = 51 eagles

    December 16, 2020: 39 adults and 7 juveniles = 46 eagles

    2019/2020

    December 29, 2019: 20 adults and 2 juveniles = 22 eagles
    December 17, 2019: 105 adults and 18 juveniles = 123 eagles
    December 10, 2019: 195 adults and 28 juveniles = 223 eagles
    December 2, 2019: 234 adults and 25 juveniles = 259 eagles
    November 20, 2019: 105 adults and 6 juveniles = 111 eagles
    November 14, 2019: 82 adults and 13 juveniles = 95 eagles

    2018/2019

    December 21, 2018: 194 adults and 35 = 229 total
    December 14, 2018: 323 adults and 64 juveniles = 367 total
    December 7, 2018: 182 adults and 27 juveniles = 209 total (*Visibility was tough resulting in lower than average numbers.)
    November 29, 2018: 299 adults and 44 juveniles = 343 total
    November 21, 2018: 95 adults and 15 juveniles = 110 total
    November 15, 2018: 47 adults and 8 juveniles = 55 total

    2017/2018

    January 2, 2018: 141 adults and 38 juveniles = 179 total
    December 20, 2017: 326 adults, 56 juveniles and 1 undetermined = 383 total
    December 15, 2017: 248 adults and 45 juveniles = 293 total
    (*Only includes Mineral Ridge Boat Launch. Visibility too low for count at Mineral Ridge or Beauty Bay.)
    December 7, 2017: 323 adults and 49 immature = 372 total
    November 30, 2017:  283 adults and 31 immature = 314 total
    November 21, 2017: 129 adults, 18 immature = 147 total
    November 16: 31 adults, 5 immature, 1 unknown = 37 total

    2016/2017

    January 13: 4 adults, 1 juvenile = 5 total
    December 22: 222 adults, 39 juveniles = 261 total
    December 12: 196 adults, 61 juveniles = 257 total
    December 8: 166 adults,47 juveniles = 213 total
    November 28: 57 adults,12 juveniles = 69 total
    November 20: 26 total

    2015/2016

    January 23: 27 adults, 1 juvenile=28 total
    January 9: 87 adults, 5 juveniles, 1 unknown=93 total
    December 31: 105 adults, 15 juveniles=120 total
    December 23: 114 adults, 26 juveniles=140 total
    December 17: 58 adults, 8 juveniles = 66 total
    December 10: 30 adults, 4 juveniles = 34 total
    December 3: 13 adults, 5 juveniles = 18 total
    November 25: 4 eagles spotted = 4 total
    November 19: No eagles have been spotted yet = 0 total

    2014/2015

    January 9: 51 adults, 2 juveniles = 53 total
    December 30: 196 adults, 21 juveniles = 217 total
    December 18: 110 adults, 19 juveniles = 129 total
    December 10: 73 adults, 12 juveniles, 1 unknown=86 total
    December 3: 46 adults, 10 juveniles, 1 unknown= 57 total
    November 27: 11 total
    November 20: 2 adults, 0 juveniles = 2 total
    November 12: 3 adults, 0 juveniles = 3 total

    2013/2014

    January 10: 44 adults, 12 juveniles = 56 total
    January 4: 126 adults, 31 juveniles = 157 total
    December 28: 140 adults, 43 juveniles = 183 total
    December 19: 208 adults, 49 juveniles = 260 total
    December 13: 157 adults, 47 juveniles = 204 total
    December 5: 84 adults, 37 juveniles = 121 total
    November 27: 88 adults, 12 juveniles = 100 total
    November 20: 58 adults, 6 juveniles = 64 total