Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
The number of birds observed during the annual winter count has increased over the last 2 years, and the number of nesting birds in the State continues to grow. During the most recent nesting season, 10 active nests with 21 fledglings were documented. However, eagles continue to be shot in the State, and one eagle was poisoned by the pesticide Carbofuran.
Several interagency partnerships and cooperative agreements or projects are expected to provide significant benefits to the bald eagle in Missouri. These include the Missouri River Mitigation program (see Partnerships below); a partnership called Missouri River—Conserving a River Ecosystem; and the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee, a State-sponsored cooperative. Additionally, land acquisitions, easements, and landowner agreements associated with the development of a new fish and wildlife refuge in Missouri should help protect habitat essential to the eagle. The proposed New Madrid National Wildlife Refuge will contribute to the objectives of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, providing important habitat to both nesting and wintering bald eagles.
Current Recovery Needs:Additional education programs need to be initiated to stop the illegal shooting of bald eagles in Missouri.
PartnershipsMissouri River Mitigation: This program is a cooperative agreement among the Army Corps of Engineers and the States of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska to secure mitigation for lost natural resource values on the Missouri River below Sioux City, Iowa.
Missouri Department of Conservation: This State agency monitors nest sites and conducts annual winter bird counts. Additionally, the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee, mentioned above, is involved in coordinating Missouri River activities of interest to the Missouri River Basin's 10 State fish and wildlife conservation agencies.
World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, Missouri: This private organization is continuing a bald eagle hacking project in St. Louis, Missouri.
Recovery Plan Status:Plan approved 7/29/83.