Our nation’s national symbol, the bald eagle is one of North America’s largest raptors with a range that covers the continent from northern Alaska for summer breeding to central Mexico for overwintering. Northern Idaho is both an important stop for migrating eagles each year, as well as a year-round home to a number of breeding pairs.

One of those pairs nest at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge in the Kootenai Valley, six miles west of Bonners Ferry. (Click for map.) This web cam is installed on their nest located near the start of the automobile tour route through the refuge. To learn more about the refuge, visit these excellent sources:

An good source of information on bald eagles generally is the website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at AllAboutBirds.org, where you can read more about bald eagle natural history, see maps of their range and hear sound clips of their various calls.

Visitors to this page are invited to post comments and observations in our Eagle Nest Chat forum, in the right column above. We’ll post periodic observations from refuge naturalists and others in the Blog & Nest Notes, on right. If you have a question about the Kootenai Refuge eagle pair, please feel to post on our Frequently Asked Questions page.