Nesting Bald Eagles in Broomfield

Since 2012, a pair of Bald Eagles have nested and raised their young in the large cottonwood on Broomfield conservation easement land that is privately owned, east of Del Corso Park. In the early 1970's, there were fewer than 10 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles across the state of Colorado. Thanks to a ban on the pesticide DDT in 1972 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are now nearly 200 Bald Eagle nests in Colorado. Although on the rise, Bald Eagle populations in Colorado are still low and need all the support they can get. To continue the legacy of this magnificent bird, we need to try to eliminate disturbance near the Broomfield Bald Eagles.

Bald Eagle 1-8-19 MBS
Photograph by Michael B. Smith; taken January 8, 2019

Ways You Can Support Broomfield's Bald Eagles

  1. Keep your distance and dogs on leash 

    - If the eagles change their behavior, you are too close. Do NOT cross the railroad tracks or trespass onto the conservation easement property. This property is privately owned and closed to the public. Keep dogs on leash at all times, especially at Del Corso Park.
  2. The use of drones is prohibited

    Per Broomfield Municipal Code 12-28-280(G), the flying of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles on Broomfield's open lands is illegal, even if they are being operated from another location. 
  3. Do not use poisons for rodent control

    Eagles scavenge dead animals, even poisoned mice, and feed them to their young. These poisons can also endanger other wildlife, pets, and children. Please use non-toxic forms of control such as live or snap traps. 
  4. Report harassment of Eagles

    If you see anyone harassing an eagle or their nest by getting too close or flying a drone nearby, immediately report it to Broomfield Police Department at 303.438.6400, Broomfield Open Space and Trails at 303.464.5103 during regular business hours M-F, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at 1.844-FWS.TIPS.

Thank you for helping us protect our National Symbol, the Bald Eagle!

What about the construction?

On January 23, 2018 Broomfield City Council approved the development of the Broomfield Business Center Apartments project. Garrett Companies, the developers, agreed to postpone all construction until after May 5th. A hay bale wall was erected as a buffer between construction and the eagles once the developer began construction.

On May 18, 2018, the USFWS re-issued an incidental take permit to Garrett Companies. Read the incidental take permit and environmental assessment below:

USFWS Incidental Take Permit to Garrett Companies
USFWS Environmental Assessment

Additional Bald Eagle Information

To learn more about Colorado's Bald Eagles, please visit the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies website or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website

Inquiries concerning regulatory issues related to Bald Eagle nests should be directed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Permit Office in Denver at 303.236.8171.

For questions or concerns about the Broomfield Bald Eagles please call Broomfield Open Space and Trails staff at 303.464.5103. 

Bald Eagle Monitoring Efforts

The Garrett Companies' biologist, Broomfield's biologists, and trained volunteers are monitoring the eagle's behavior to ensure they are not disturbed by activities in the area. Please feel welcome to approach these experts and ask questions about the eagles.

Bald Eagle behavior reports from Broomfield's biologists (ERO Resources) are posted here as they are completed. 

ERO Bald Eagle Assessment Memorandum (September 13, 2018)
2019 Reports
January 2, 2019
January 3, 2019

2018 Reports
February 22, 2018
March 01, 2018
March 07, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 20, 2018
March 30, 2018
April 05, 2018
April 12, 2018
April 19, 2018
April 27, 2018
May 02, 2018
May 09, 2018
May 16, 2018
May 21, 2018
May 22, 2018 (1)
May 22, 2018 (2)
May 23, 2018 (1)
May 23, 2018 (2)
May 24, 2018
May 25, 2018
May 29, 2018

June 01, 2018
June 04, 2018
June 09, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 12, 2018
June 15, 2018
June 18, 2018
June 20, 2018
June 25, 2018
July 06, 2018
July 16, 2018 (1)
July 16, 2018 (2)
July 23, 2018
July 25, 2018
July 31, 2018
August 03, 2018
August 06, 2018
August 10, 2018
August 17, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 26, 2018

August 29, 2018
August 30, 2018
September 04, 2018
September 06, 2018
September 13, 2018
September 20, 2018
September 27, 2018
October 01, 2018
October 11, 2018
October 17, 2018
October 23, 2018
November 01, 2018
November 08, 2018
November 16, 2018
November 21, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 05, 2018
December 12, 2018
December 18, 2018
December 28, 2018

 Note: On April 17, 2018 harsh winds partially destroyed a corner of the eagle
nest, leaving one surviving nestling.
Prior to this natural event, two nestlings
were known to be in the nest. On May
13, 2018, Open Space and Trails staff
received a photo from a local resident indicating there were 3 nestlings before the winds.

Photo by Khushal Habibi,
April 11, 2018.

Bald Eagle210 4.11.2018