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UPDATE: April 8, 2019 — Unfortunately, Cam B is broken and cannot be fixed until the eagles have left for the season. It will be repaired in the off-season. The video tabs have been removed to eliminate confusion about switching views. All the video feed is currently from Cam A.
As you can see, we’ve undergone a name change! DC Eagle Cam will now be called the National Arboretum Eagle Cam, the purpose for this change is to be more descriptive to our location and to also properly credit our partner at the US National Arboretum.
We sincerely thank all our partners for being involved and allowing us to live stream these cams and educate people around the world!
This is the nest of Bald Eagles Mr. President and The First Lady, a mated pair living in the most idyllic of nest sites within Washington, DC, high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum.
Mr. President and The First Lady returned to the National Arboretum on October 15, 2018. Since their return, they’ve been seen near and on the nest. Sue Greeley, USNA Agricultural Research Service Scientist, and the person who actually first discovered this nest, has been instrumental in documenting their whereabouts, and her photographs have been posted on our Facebook page.
Now that our cams are streaming once again, we look forward to another season watching these amazing parents raise eaglets. We invite you to join us on chat with our community of eagle watchers and supporters of this nest family. Our cam operators, event chroniclers, videographers, and moderators add much to the overall experience, and we thank them for their dedication and expertise.
Previous Nesting Seasons
The Educational Impact of These Cams
The educational impact of our high-definition nest cams has been phenomenal, providing unprecedented insight into the Bald Eagle nesting process. This project also focuses on conservation, habitat protection, and the dangers that eagles still face in the wild.
Historically, Mr. President & The First Lady lay two eggs each season. For the first two seasons, eggs were laid in mid-February, but in 2018 they were laid a month later. The average incubation period is 35 days, and as hatch time approaches, all eyes will be peeled for the first pip or breakthrough of the egg shell by the eaglet inside. Then, thousands of viewers settle down to watch these eaglets grow and develop from tiny downy eaglets into feisty, magnificent fledglings, ready to take their first flight into what will be a steep learning curve of survival in the wild.
To enhance the educational experience, a moderated chat is embedded on the cam page, allowing viewers to comment and ask questions about the eagles. Knowledgeable and friendly moderators help guide the discussion and provide insight. AEF also encourages students and groups who are studying eagles or related topics to reserve time in the chat where their questions can be answered. This has been a hugely successful endeavor, and we have welcomed many classrooms with students of all ages. Teachers across the nation have written us with glowing compliments about the positive impact this experience has had on their students.
In 2015, after an educational visit to Capitol Hill, the American Eagle Foundation had the privilege of visiting the National Arboretum, where they first learned about this idyllic nest site. Afterwards, the AEF and USNA entered into a partnership to place two HD video cameras at the top of the nest with direct views into the nest.
After the eagle pair left their nest site in August 2015 for their annual migration, the AEF traveled to DC to install cameras and other related equipment in-and-around the nest tree with the help of experienced tree climbers. The USNA ran about a half-mile of fiber optic cable to the cameras’ control box located about 200 feet from the base of the tree. The entire system is powered by a large mobile solar array that was designed and built by students and staff from Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by DC’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).
Each year, improvements have been made with streaming, cam quality, and better delivery. The American Eagle Foundation, the U.S. National Arboretum, and Friends of the National Arboretum , along with other cooperative agencies supporting this project, invite you to share the 2019 nesting season with Mr. President & The First Lady.
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The American Eagle Foundation is a public 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The AEF’s Tax ID Number is 58-1652023.
If you would like to donate specifically to the NA Eagle Cam Project, please make sure to use our NA Eagle Cam Donation item at www.eagles.org/donate so we can make sure to allocate 100% of your donation to the operating costs of this project.
If you have a concern, we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org rather than call the AEF or the National Arboretum. Thank you for your consideration.