In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital (Washington, DC), nestled high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture. This is the first Bald Eagle pair to nest in this location since 1947. The two Eagles have been iconically named “Mr. President” and “The First Lady.” Join us in viewing the most patriotic nest cam in the United States, 24 hours a day.

After “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” raised one eaglet successfully in 2015, the 501(c)3 American Eagle Foundation partnered with the National Arboretum to install and stream two high definition video cameras from the top of the nest tree. The cameras are powered completely by a large mobile solar array that was designed and built by Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment.

“The First Lady” laid her first egg of 2016 on February 10th, and laid her second egg on February 14th early in the morning. Both parents will carefully incubate the eggs, and both eggs are expected to hatch about 35 days after being laid.


AEF and USNA invites anyone to post photos and videos provided by these high definition cams. Since these photos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, IG, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG. We appreciate your cooperation!

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Help Us Make Our Chat Room Fun & Friendly!

  1. We ask all chat guests to be respectful, polite, and focused on eagles.
  2. First and foremost, the AEF DC Chat Room is a family and classroom friendly place and we ask that all chat guests respect the diversity of the room. Profanity, personal invective, or other inappropriate comments will not be tolerated. Disagreements might be unavoidable but should remain polite, and they should never become arguments. Chatting is a privilege, not a right. If your presence is disruptive or inappropriate, moderators (mods) can timeout, kick, or permanently ban chat abusers, and can delete inappropriate posts.
  3. We request that guest refrain from touching on politics, religion, sports, TV shows, personal medical issues, and other unrelated topics. Although we respect your political views, please do not post them in the main chat, since this is not a forum for political issues.
  4. We prefer that chatter focus on ‘Mr. President’ & ‘The First Lady’ and Bald Eagle questions and facts. We are aware that many of our chatters view other nests and like to share the news (eaglet hatchings et al), which is acceptable. However, please keep information from other nests to a minimum so we don’t confuse other chatters. If you feel the need to discuss other topics, please do so by using Private Messages (PMs).
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detail from photo by Sue Greeley

“Mr. President” and “First Lady” have returned for another season. Photo: Sue Greeley.
detail from photo by Dan Rauch

“First Lady” carefully incubates an egg! Photo: Dan Rauch.
detail from photo by Dan Rauch

“Mr. President” makes a spectacular fly-off! Photo: Dan Rauch.