New York Proposes Bald Eagle Conservation Plan, Seeks Comments

ALBANY (AP) -
A bald eagle swoops down into a Washington state river to grab a fish.
A bald eagle swoops down into a Washington state river to grab a fish.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on a proposed conservation plan to guide future management actions for bald eagles.

Commissioner Joe Martens says New York State was instrumental in the restoration of America’s national symbol in the Northeast and continues to play an important role in providing suitable habitat.

The bald eagle is currently listed as a threatened species in New York.

Key objectives in the Conservation Plan include maintaining a statewide breeding bald eagle population of at least 200 pairs, and maintaining protection of the state’s significant wintering population.

Key actions include minimizing impacts from land clearing, human disturbance, pollutants, and collisions with vehicles, power lines and wind turbines.