“Name the Nestlings” Ballot Is Open! Vote Now to Help Name DC Eagle Cam Eaglets!
April 24th, 2017
WASHINGTON – DC Eagle Cam fans from around the world recently participated in a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign to suggest names for “DC4” and “DC5” the two eaglets currently residing in a wild nest at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC with their Bald Eagle parents, Mr. President & The First Lady.
Thousands of names were submitted via the hashtag campaign, and now, the following four popular suggested name pairs are being put to a final public vote!
• Stars & Stripes
• Honor & Glory
• Peace & Harmony
• Anacostia & Potomac
From 9:00 a.m. on April 24th though Sunday April 30th, a link to the online ballot can be found on dceaglecam.org, which is operated by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF).
This final voting process is being hosted by Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), which is the official non-profit partner of the USDA’s U.S. National Arboretum.
For a limited time, DC Eagle Cam fans can pre-order a fundraising t-shirt that will feature the eaglets’ names once they are announced on May 3rd! 100% of the proceeds from this t-shirt will help cover the costs of operating and streaming the DC Eagle Cam.
ABOUT THE DC EAGLE CAM PROJECT
In 2015, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) 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 arborists and climbers. This past year, the AEF added microphones near the nest to further enhance the viewing experience, and a team of arborists and eagle experts affixed natural tree limbs beneath the nest to provide added support. 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 and microphones 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-on if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system. In 2016, APEX Electric Inc. (Kenmore, Washington) traveled to D.C. to assist the AEF in successfully installing audio equipment in and around the tree. The AEF uses Piksel to stream the video images to viewers around the world, and AEF volunteers are trained and coordinated to pan, tilt and zoom the cams, as well as educate the public via LIVE chats while viewers watch the eagles via the cams on the Internet.
AEF Marketing, P.R. & Social Media Manager
AEF Founder & President
Agricultural Research Service, Public Affairs Specialist