Golden Eagles

Facts About Golden Eagles

  • The golden eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. 
  • They typically prey on mammals ranging in size from ground squirrels up to prairie-dogs, marmots, and jackrabbits.
  • Golden eagles can have a wingspan of up to seven feet and weigh more than seven pounds.
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Golden Eagle Nesting Facts

  • Nesting golden eagles are extremely sensitive to the presence of people. They will leave their nest if they see people nearby. (Their eyesight is much better than human eyesight!)
  • People must stay at least one-half mile from the eagles to ensure the best chances of a successful nest. CCWD closes trails near active nests.
  • Eagles who are disturbed are likely to leave the nest. This could cause eggs or chicks to die.
  • Nesting usually occurs from mid February to late June.
  • The coastal range in the greater Bay Area has the largest golden eagle population in the world. Some golden eagles live at Los Vaqueros year-round, while others just pass through the area.

Golden Eagle Chick Stats

Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Number of Chicks Fledged 6 0 4 0 3 5 8 4 5 3 4 5