The annual Wintering Golden Eagle Survey is conducted on the third Saturday in January. The survey is part of an on-going project to learn more about the golden eagle population in the blufflands region. Golden eagles were not previously considered regular inhabitants of this area. The Wintering Golden Eagle Survey gathers important data to document a regular wintering population of golden eagles in the blufflands of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Wintering Golden Eagle Survey – January 17, 2015
Preliminary results:

Adults Juveniles TOTAL
Golden Eagle 99 37 136
Bald Eagle 1,413 268 1,738
Red-tail Hawk 566
Rough-legged Hawk 143
American Kestrel 103

*Preliminary data includes 50 route areas reporting.

More than 180 observers covered 56 survey areas from Hastings, MN to southern Iowa and across nine counties in western Wisconsin.

Click and scroll anywhere on the map below. Wintering Golden Eagle Survey routes are shaded. Click on any route area to get view summary survey data (2010-2014).

Wintering Golden Eagle Survey Results (2010-2014) – Interactive Map


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The Golden Eagle Project is also tracking golden eagles using GPS satellite transmitters to find out more about migration and possible breeding origin of these birds. An interactive map with tracking data from golden eagles is available online at Golden Eagle Tracking.

The Golden Eagle Project is a partnership of the National Eagle Center and Audubon Minnesota with support from the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and United States Fish and Wildlife Service and funding through Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

To find out more about the Golden Eagle Project or to volunteer with the Annual Survey, contact the Golden Eagle Project at [email protected].