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Eagle Nests on Mercer Island

An Eagle Nest
April 26, 2016 - Spring is nesting season for the bald eagle and Mercer Island is fortunate to have a few eagle nests.  There are federal laws governing bald eagles (see information below).

Although the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) no longer conducts annual eagle nest monitoring or bald eagle nest management activities, they continues to update the statewide database of nest locations and activity as new information becomes available. 

If you observe a new nest, the WDFW appreciates and wants firm documentation from you.  For more information, refer to or provide documentation to

Refer to the City’s latest eagle map for known nest locations (note: large file)

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act was originally enacted in 1940.  It prohibits taking or possession of and commerce in bald and golden eagles, parts, feathers, nests, or eggs with limited exceptions.  Limited activities may be authorized by a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 

The City does not have jurisdiction and cannot enforce federal regulations regarding eagles.  For more information of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service federal eagle regulations and permit requirements, go to:


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