Nature

Spy on Eagles

The bald eagle has been the national symbol of the United States since 1782. It’s an amazing bird of prey!

Wish YOU could get an up-close look at eagle family life? You’re in luck! Many conservation groups run online bald eagle “nest cams”—special video cameras that film active nests around the clock.

  • Step 1:

    Check out a few of these bald eagle nest cams:

    Decorah, Iowa
    The pair known as Mom and Dad are eagle superstars! Millions of people have tuned in to watch them raise their eaglets over the past 10 years.
    raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles

    Northeastern Florida
    This pair, Romeo and Juliet, nest near the coast, 80 feet high in a longleaf pine tree. Their newest chicks, named Spirit and Sky, hatched in December of last year.
    nefleaglecam.org

    Washington D.C.
    Mr. President and First Lady reign over a hillside azalea garden in the National Arboretum.
    dceaglecam.org

    Juneau, Alaska
    An eagle pair has nested on the grounds of a plant nursery and garden here since 2004. In the colder Alaskan climate, their eaglets hatch in early summer and stick around until September.
    glaciergardens.com/eaglecam

  • Step 2:

    Keep a journal and draw or record what you see in each nest.

  • Step 3:

    Although the bald eagle has made a remarkable comeback, it is important to keep trash—such as fishing wire and hooks, tires, and household garbage—off the land and out of local waterways. Pollution is a real threat for the bald eagle and other species. Encourage your family, classmates, and friends to join a local clean-up effort.

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Want to learn more about bald eagles? Check out these 6 fun facts!

TIPS & TRICKS

Bald eagles in different places nest at different times of the year. So, if you tune in to one nest cam and find the nest empty or if the camera is turned off, try a different one.

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