The National Park Service (NPS) released an official announcement that the bald eagle nesting areas in Voyageurs National Park in 2023 has reopened. it serves as a significant event for both the park and its visitors.
On July 11, 2023, Voyageurs National Park announced the reopening of the breeding areas around three of the park’s bald eagle nests to campers and other human activities. This decision was made after recent aerial surveys determined that the nesting efforts failed when no eaglets were detected.
Of the 50 nests surveyed in the park in April 2023, 23 were occupied by breeding eagles. Additional flights will be conducted in late July to determine how many nests produced fledged chicks, according to an NPS news release.
The park follows the recommended conservation management actions of the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Management Act, a Federal law enacted to protect America’s national bird from disturbance and harassment.
Each year since 1992, the park has temporarily closed the land and water areas around active bald eagle nests to visitor use during their critical nesting periods. Some eagle pairs nest in late March and early April and others may not initiate nesting until late April or early May.
Three of the park’s 291 developed Day Use, Tent, and Houseboat sites were affected by the temporary closures. The reopened developed areas are Happy Landing Campsite (K-11) and Camelback Island Campsite (K-3) on Kabetogama Lake, and Junction Bay North Houseboat Site (N-50) on Namakan Lake.
People play a very important role in protecting nesting eagles and other birds. Individual eagles differ in temperament and tolerance to human and natural activities. Some are easily displaced by human/eagle interactions, whereas others are more accustomed to close interactions with humans.
The reopening of these areas is a significant event for campers and other visitors to the park. It provides an opportunity to observe and appreciate these majestic birds in their natural habitat, while also respecting their need for space and privacy during the nesting period.
The park’s management of the bald eagle nesting areas is a testament to their commitment to conservation and the protection of wildlife. It also highlights the importance of responsible tourism and the role visitors play in preserving the natural beauty and wildlife of the park.
The reopening of the bald eagle nesting areas in Voyageurs National Park in 2023 is a significant event that underscores the park’s commitment to wildlife conservation and the role of visitors in protecting these majestic birds.
It provides an opportunity for visitors to observe and appreciate bald eagles in their natural habitat, while also respecting their need for space and privacy during the nesting period.
For more information, contact Voyageurs National Park Headquarters via mail at 360 Hwy 11 East, International Falls, MN 56649, or call (218)-283-6600.