DC Eagle Cam Eaglets Now Have New Names!
April 26th, 2016
WASHINGTON ‑‑ DC2 & DC3, the two adorable Bald Eaglets watched daily by hundreds of thousands of viewers on www.dceaglecam.org, now have new names!
This past week, five of the most popular name pairs that were suggested via the “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign were put to a final public vote.
More than 36,000 people voted. The winning names?
“Freedom” & “Liberty.”
These names are quite fitting, considering that eagle parents “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” and their two eaglets reside directly inside the Capital of the United States. Pretty patriotic, right?
Limited Edition DC Eagle Cam Shirts Now Available
With over 35 million views since it launched (February 2016), the DC Eagle Cam has grown into one of the most popular wildlife cams on the internet! The 501(c)(3) non‑profit American Eagle Foundation, which provides the high‑definition streaming, camera operation, and web‑presence for the DC Eagle Cam project, has launched a special t‑shirt fundraiser to help keep the project running successfully.
This project has become an incredible tool to inspire and educate students and adults about Bald Eagle conservation. People from all over the globe have fallen in love with watching this Bald Eagle family.
From now until May 8 , nest cam fans can buy a high‑quality, limited‑edition DC Eagle Cam t‑shirt. 100% of net proceeds from this fundraiser will be utilized directly for the streaming and operational costs of the project.
ABOUT THE DC EAGLE CAM PROJECT
After the eagle pair left their nest site in August 2015 for their annual migration, American Eagle Foundation staff traveled to D.C. to install state‑of‑the‑art cameras, infrared lighting, and other related equipment in‑and‑around the nest tree with the help of volunteers and experienced tree climbers. The USDA’s U.S. National Arboretum ran a half‑mile of fiber optic cable to the cameras’ ground control station, which connects the cameras to the internet. The entire system is powered by a large mobile solar array (containing several deep cycle batteries) that was designed and built by students and staff from Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment. USNA has implemented a backup generator that will kick in if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system.