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Research in the Park

Park biologists monitor the reproductive success of golden eagles using two annual aerial surveys from a small helicopter. In late April, researchers look for an incubating eagle or eggs in a nest. In late July, they count the number of nestlings and successful pairs (pairs that raise at least one fledgling). Data from these two surveys is used to monitor nesting territory and reproductive success of golden eagles in Denali.

Peer-reviewed Publications

McIntyre CL and Lewis SB. 2016. Observations of Migrating Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Eastern Interior Alaska Offer Insights on Population Size and Migration Monitoring. Journal of Raptor Research. 50(3):254-264

McIntyre CL and Paulson MD. 2015. What Came First, the Nest or the Egg? An Unusual Golden Eagle Nest Observed in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Journal of Raptor Research. 49(1):98-101

McIntyre C. 2015. Conserving Migratory Golden Eagles in a Rapidly Changing World: What Role Will the NPS Play?. Alaska Park Science. 14(2):12

Fackler PL and Others. 2014. Efficient use of information in adaptive management with an application to managing recreation near Golden Eagle nesting sites. PLos ONE. 9(8)

Eaton MJ and Others. 2014. Applications of threshold concepts to ecological management problems: occupancy of golden eagles in Denali National Park, Alaska. Springer. Pages 67-86


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    Last updated: November 18, 2019

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