MR. PRESIDENT: Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle • Born: Unknown • Gender: Male
THE FIRST LADY: Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle • Born: Unknown • Gender: Female
‘Mr. President’ and ‘The First Lady’ are a pair of mated Bald Eagles 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. Since first building their nest in 2015, they have successfully raised all their eaglets. Hundreds of thousands of visitors watch special moments from the nest by way of live HD video streaming, as a result of a cooperative effort between the American Eagle Foundation and its partners.
In 2015, Mr. President & The First Lady successful raised one eaglet (DC1) before there were any cameras in their nest tree. In 2016, ‘The First Lady’ laid her first egg on February 10th, and laid her second egg on February 14th early in the morning. ‘Freedom’ (DC2) hatched at 8:27 a.m. March 18, 2016 Eastern Daylight Time. ‘Liberty’ (DC3) followed two days later, hatching March 20 at about 3:00 a.m. EDT. ‘Freedom’ fledged on June 5, 2016, at 11 weeks 2 days old. ‘Liberty’ fledged June 9 at 11 weeks 4 days old. In 2017, 2 more eaglets were raised and successfully fledged from the nest: DC4 (Honor) made its way into the world March 29, followed by DC5 (Glory) March 30, 2017. Glory officially fledged June 19 and Honor followed on June 22, 2017.
On March 25, 2018, The First Lady laid her first egg for the current season, followed by a second egg March 28. Both DC6 & DC7 are growing bigger and stronger each day, thanks to the amazing care and attention of their parents.
Each season, when Mr. President & The First Lady return, our cams are turned on! Join us for live-streaming HD video and a Moderated Chat designed to bring you the best that nature has to offer!
ABOUT BALD EAGLES
Bald Eagles typically mate for life. They will only look for a new mate if their faithful companion dies. Together, they build huge nests known as ‘aeries’ atop tall and strong trees. They make use of twigs, grasses, soft mosses, and feathers in making their nests.
They normally return to the same nest during breeding season, adding new materials to it each year. A new eagle pair’s nest measures about five feet in width and two feet in depth, but as they add to it year after year, it can reach widths of over ten feet and weigh up to a ton or more.