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  • Carol McIntyre

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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, (Denali) contains one of the highest nesting density of Golden Eagles in North America (Kochert et al. 2002). Over 80 territorial pairs of Golden Eagles live in the northern foothills of the Alaska Range in Denali and the National Audubon Society designated this area as an Important Bird Area because of the high density and substantial number of nesting Golden Eagles. Monitoring the nesting territory occupancy and reproductive success of Golden Eagles is a priority of Denali’s Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS). Golden Eagles are a Vital Sign of the Central Alaska Monitoring Network (CAKN) because they are a high trophic level predator and one of the most common aerial predators in Denali. The long-term ecological studies of Golden Eagles in Denali have provided new and essential information for the management and conservation of this species, particularly for migratory populations. Results of many aspects of Denali’s Golden Eagle studies appear in major peer-reviewed ornithological journals and the value of this long-term study extends far beyond Denali’s borders. The Denali Golden Eagle study, started in 1987, is the longest-running ecological study of a migratory population of Golden Eagles in the world, is the only contemporary study of this species in northwestern North America, and is the only study providing any current information regarding the ecology of this species at high latitudes in western North America.


Citation Year Type Access Holdings IRMA
Click to view holdings McIntyre C and Lewis S. 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 (2 holdings) 2016 Journal Article Public 2 Link to
Download Eaton MJ and Others. 2014. Applications of threshold concepts to ecological management problems: occupancy of golden eagles in Denali National Park, Alaska.. Pages 67-86. In Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making. Springer. Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making. 2014 Book Chapter Public 1 Link to
Download 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) 2014 Journal Article Public 1 Link to
McIntyre C. 2008. Monitoring Occupancy of Nesting Areas and Reproductive Success of Golden Eagles in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.. Fairbanks, AK (Internal) 2008 Unpublished Report Internal 1 Link to
Kochert MN and Others. 2002. Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).. In Poole A and Gill F (ed). The Birds of North America. The Birds of North America. Philadelphia. 642 (No holdings or the holding is external. Consult the IRMA reference) 2002 Book Chapter Internal 0 Link to


Key words: alaska, denali, density, golden eagle, long-term, monitoring, national park, nesting, occupancy, predator, reproductive success, territory

Subject Category:

  • Ecological Framework: Biological Integrity | Focal Species or Communities | Birds


  • Aquila chrysaetos

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