Washington DC 2016 Nesting Season
Our Washington, DC inaugural cam season featuring Bald Eagles ‘Mr. President’ and ‘The First Lady’ has come to a close. ‘Freedom’ and ‘Liberty,’ their offspring, have grown to be beautiful juvenile Bald Eagles, and we wish them safe journeys and good health!
We loved sharing and answering questions with so many newcomers, and we look forward to meeting again at the nest to watch a new nesting season begin.
We would also like to thank all the DC cam partners: U.S. National Arboretum, Agricultural Research Service, Alfred State, Department of Energy & Environment, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Piksel.
Highlights From This Season
The DC eagle nest cam season began on February 15th with the parents attentively incubating their two eggs, which were laid on February 10 and 14. ‘Freedom’ (DC2) hatched at 8:27 a.m. on March 18, 2016 Eastern Daylight Time. ‘Liberty’ (DC3) followed two days later, hatching on March 20 at about 3:00 a.m. EDT. Mr. President and The First Lady have proven themselves to be excellent providers, bringing in a variety of fish, birds, and mammals.
The eaglets were named ‘Freedom’ and ‘Liberty’ through a public naming campaign. On May 17, to our surprise both Freedom and Liberty branched and began exploring the world outside of the nest, each day venturing out and up a bit further. On June 5, 2016 Freedom fledged at 11 weeks 2 days old and Liberty fledged on June 9 at 11 weeks 4 days old. They were last seen on July 8th, and we wish them both well as the begin their journeys into adulthood.
Two Special Poems Celebrating the 2016 DC Nesting Season
Special thanks to all our viewers who contributed amazing videos from our first season!
AEF Washington, DC Eagle nest: Beautiful View for Mom – Feb. 15, 2016
by lolaboo two2
Washington D.C Eagles: Mr. President On the nest (snow) Feb. 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
with sound added by Trudi Kron
Washington D.C Eagles: The First Hatch – March 18, 2016, 8:20 a.m.
by Trudi Kron
Amazing DC Eagle Footage 2016
by emenjayman (with sound effects and music)
Bald Eagle Watch: Washington DC
by Stephen Coon
AEF DC: Eaglets Fed – April 2, 2016
DC Eagle Camera: Evening Feeding – May 9, 2016
Liberty & Freedom Dancing in the Rain
Bald Eagle First Flight – June 05, 2016
by Stephen Coon
Liberty’s Mantling – June 15, 2016
Highlights of Cute Baby Eaglets from D.C.’s Eagle Cam
DC Eagles Freedom and Liberty Grow Up – 2016
Our historical data comes from our DC Eagle Cam partners, our Moderators, Remote Camera Operators, and our viewers, the stats sheet is kept up to date by the DC Eagle Cam Liaison, Patty Fernandez. With time this will provide important data from previous seasons. You can access it here.
As our cams go offline, there will be behind-the-scenes activities: the nest will be inspected, sound will be fixed, cams tested and cleaned.
POSTING VIDEOS AND PHOTOS FROM AEF CAMS
AEF invites anyone to post photos and videos provided by our high definition cams. Since these photos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, or another social media location, the following information be attached to each photo and each video somewhere in the description: © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, www.eagles.org. We appreciate your cooperation!
KEEP IN TOUCH!
We have a special Facebook page devoted to just our nests: Dollywood, Florida, and DC. Keep up with all the “Nest News.”
A HUGE THANK-YOU TO OUR MODS AND ZOOMERS!
We could not do this without our Mods and Zoomers—our dedicated, talented, and professional representatives who welcome and educate millions of online viewers about this nest, eagles, and the environment. Please know how much you are appreciated, and how vital you are to this program!