Golden Eagles

Protecting Golden Eagle Nesting

All trails are currently open to the public.

Every year beginning in late winter, Golden Eagle nesting activity is monitored and trails and public areas around the nests are closed. We appreciate your cooperation during the trails closure, as nesting Golden Eagles are extremely sensitive to the presence of people. Eagles who are disturbed are likely to leave the nest. People must stay at least one-half mile from active nests to ensure the best chances of chick survival.

Did you know?

  • 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.
  • 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.
Golden Eagle

Photo Credit: David Harper

Golden Eaglet Stats

YearNumber of eaglets fledged
20210
20205
20190
20184
20170
20164
20150
20143
20135
20128
20114
20105
20093
20084
20075