Bald & Golden Eagles

Golden Eagle, US  Fish & Wildlife photoBald Eagle, NPS photoBald  Eagles, NPS photo

Bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) are the largest aerial predators in the Crown of the Continent. The lakes and rivers of the region provide bald eagles with a variety of fish, their primary diet, while golden eagles hunt rabbits, marmots, ground squirrels and other mammals as opportunity provides. Both are listed as a Species of Concern in Montana. Once listed as an endangered species, bald eagles have increased in numbers and were removed from the endangered species list in August of 2007.

Currently, research into golden eagles is aimed at obtaining accurate population counts to determine if their numbers are increasing, decreasing, or stable. Counts are made during annual bird counts as well as by aerial surveys from aircraft.