Are you lucky enough to have eagles nearby? Acknowledge them as good friends but ones who need some neighbourly respect. Here are some tips from the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

Offer them Branches and Lichen

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Image courtesy nest cam at the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

Throughout winter offer eagles branches, preferably of cottonwood or alder approximately one metre long and two centimetres wide to help them maintain their nest. In early February buy some lichen at the local plant store. This soft, sterile material will protect and insulate the eggs from sticks.

Place them on a nearby lawn where they can swoop down to grab it while flying without having to stop. Avoid placing these branches where the eagle might get hit by a vehicle or a wire on its pick-up pass. Offer lichen so they can pick this up and avoid mould carrying grass. Most nurseries carry it in celo-packs.

Talk to Them Calmly

When you are about to appear, pre-announce your arrival with a few regular words. If you talk to them regularly, the eagles will eventually understand you are a good lookout and good neighbour. If you are a really close neighbour, the eagles will learn your voice, your car sounds and your presence will be reassuring. And neighbours will think of you as "the eagle whisperer" next door!

Remove Flight Obstacles

eagles on wires

Remove unnecessary and dangerous guy wires that could impede their flight path. Old antenna guy wires are responsible for the deaths of many birds.

Clear Road Kills Off the Road

eagles road kill

Move roadkill to nearby fields or gravel pits where eagles can safely scavenge. The key is to place the carcass where the eagle can have flight access and a departure flight path that does not expose the eagle to vehicle traffic. If you do this within one kilometer of a nest, you are also probably helping out that eagle pair. David Hancock from the Hancock Wildlife Foundation in Vancouver says that this simple task can save more eagles than any other action.

Build An Eagle Bath

In Urban Eagle, Russ Cmolik built his eagle pair a specially designed bath. You don't have to be that extravagant. If you simply keep the low part of your flat roof (which is not really flat to allow the rain to run off) partially filled with a few centimetres of water and provide some calm and quiet, eagles will use it.

Learn More About Wild Eagles

Watch the live streaming web cams at the Hancock Wildlife Foundation to better understand the intimate life of eagles. Learn to speak eagle: What is a mumbrella? A nestoration? A flatlet? And share your neighbours with the world — post to forums and Facebook.

A Few Don'ts

Don’t put out dead poisoned rats or mice where they can be scavenged by eagles. If the nest is close and an occasional fish head or a road killed bird wing or rabbit paw shows up on the lawn, just bury it.

Don't do things below and around nest that you would consider annoying — they will likely feel the same annoyance. Fly your drone, explode your firecrackers and practice target shooting elsewhere.

Don't make sharp, disturbing noises or movements near the nest, particularly when they return from their northern migration. Let them get used your activities first. And be especially quiet during their egg-laying and hatching period in early spring when they are especially sensitive to noise.


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