BALD EAGLE NESTING AREAS REOPENED IN VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK 2012
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Four of the park's 239 developed visitor use camping and houseboat sites and one undeveloped area that were affected by temporary closures in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs are now reopened for public use. The areas were marked with closure signs and buoys.
· Rainy Lake -Sand Bay South (R25) houseboat site and Skipper Rock Island (R45) houseboat site
· Kabetogama Lake - Happy Landing Campsite (K11) and Yoder Island (K 37) houseboat sites.
· Kabetogama Lake - West Sphunge Island Inlet
The park is obligated to follow the conservation management actions of the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Management Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c, 1940 as amended). Each year since 1992, the park has temporarily closed the land and water areas around active bald eagle nests to visitor use during their critical nesting periods.
The number of young produced per occupied breeding area for the 2012 breeding population in Voyageurs National Park was 0.89. Sixty-eight per cent of breeding pairs occupying a breeding area successfully raised at least one fledgling. Breeding success of 70% and productivity of 1.0 are considered characteristics of a healthy bald eagle breeding populations; long-term averages for Voyageurs National Park approach these threshholds.
Did You Know?
Voyageurs National Park is an amazing place to visit in winter, when the surface of the park's lakes will freeze up to two feet thick!