The Bald Eagle is among the most highly visible wildlife inhabitants of the British Columbia Coast. As top predators and scavengers, eagles are a key species in the coastal ecosystem. In most parts of North America, Bald Eagle populations have declined drastically in the past century. Habitat loss and degradation, combined with intentional and accidental killing contributed to poor productivity and loss of breeding stock. In recent years due to intensive efforts to protect habitat and to improve its quality, eagle populations have recovered in many areas. During the past five years, BC Ministry of Environment (MELP) in cooperation with Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), MacMillan Bloedel and Scott Paper has built up a data base of average four or five-year productivity at 322 nests at 7 locations on the coast from Langara Island to the lower Fraser Valley. This project had the following objectives: (1) To survey all eagle nests in the Clayoquot Sound area to identify any new nests and to measure productivity; (2) To compile all historic data on Clayoquot Sound Bald Eagle nest locations and productivity; (3) To complete a Bald Eagle data-base and develop a method for mapping nest locations that could portray sites of greater or lesser importance in terms of productivity; (4) To examine population trends for Bald Eagles in the Clayoquot Sound Area' and (5) To identify the most productive or critical areas of Bald Eagle habitat in Clayoquot Sound. A longer range objective, entering into a second phase of this project, was to consider the eagle nest productivity against habitat variables within Clayoquot Sound and compared to other areas in the Vancouver Island Region.
Moul, Ian E.. 1998. Nest Inventory and Productivity Assessment for Bald Eagles in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia. BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks