Directed relocation of a golden eagle nest site

  • Published source details Postovit H.R., Lockhart J.W. & Tate J. (1982) Directed relocation of a golden eagle nest site. Journal of Wildlife Management, 46, 1045-1048.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Translocate nests to avoid disturbance

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Bird Conservation
  1. Translocate nests to avoid disturbance

    A small single-site study from May-August in 1979-1981 reporting a translocation attempt of a pair of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) into an undisturbed shrubland area in Wyoming, USA (Postovit et al. 1982) found that temporary nesting platforms can be used to induce relocation into the target area. To encourage the pair to move into the target area, their single nestling was moved sequentially to a series of temporary platforms erected between the nest tree (located in a mining-impacted area) and the target platform at points 175, 715 and 1,375 m from the nest tree. Sticks were added to each temporary platform. Each move was executed only after the nestling’s acceptance of the previous platform. A fresh rabbit carcass was placed with the nestling each time it was moved. The nestling fledged from the third temporary platform before the adult pair had fully accepted the temporary platforms. However, in 1981, the adults voluntarily nested on and successfully fledged one nestling from the target platform.


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