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Bald Eagles Nest in Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge, Causing Trail Closures

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This photo was captured last March. The pair of eagles were unsuccessful in raising their young. - FRIENDS OF DEER FLAT WILDLIFE RERUGE
  • Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Reruge
  • This photo was captured last March. The pair of eagles were unsuccessful in raising their young.


Last spring, a pair of resident bald eagles at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge built their nest near the edge of Lake Lowell and waited for their young to hatch.

"Unfortunately, the pair that nested near this location last year did not successfully raise young," said refuge manager Annette deKnijf. 

To help the pair this year, managers at the Deer Flat Refuge have decided to close access to the nest, including closing part of the Observation Hill trail—about a third of a mile from the nest.

"Nesting eagles can be sensitive to disturbance," deKnijf said. 



If people get too close to the nest, the adults will abandon it, leaving the chicks to die from exposure or hunger. 

The pair can be seen from an observation platform on the hill west of the Visitors Center, which has a set of stationary binoculars. They'll be best seen over the next month, before leaves start to obstruct the nest. Right now, they're in the process of building their nest and will lay the eggs sometime this month, according to Susan Kain, an employee of the refuge. 

"The eggs will hatch at the end of March or early April," Kain said. "It's very exciting for us."

The refuge would like to remind visitors to keep dogs on-leash and respect trail closures for the eagles or they will be cited. The area will remain closed until the chicks leave the nest in early July.

To help the pair of eagles be more successful this year, refuge managers have enforced trail closures near the nest. - FRIENDS OF THE DEER FLAT WILDLIFE REFUGE
  • Friends of the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge
  • To help the pair of eagles be more successful this year, refuge managers have enforced trail closures near the nest.
FRIENDS OF THE DEER FLAT WILDLIFE REFUGE
  • Friends of the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge