Since we see Bald Eagles here all the time around Lake Thurmond, I thought you might enjoy this site. You can click on a web cam and see the Eagles feeding their young LIVE!
To view the Eagles web cam live go to http://eagles.org/programs/aef-nest-cam.php
February 28, 2012 — Indy and Franklin have been observed mating several times, and have been seen arranging sticks more to their liking in their refurbished nest. Our faithful chat group has been patient as we work out the kinks in our broadcasting. A new computer, capture card, cameras, & sound – plus running a new Comcast cable that has yet to be hooked up – all add to the excitement of what’s to come, and what we are sure to be seeing down the road. Our moderators are just amazing! They keep us posted on all nest activities. We’ve added “Blue” to the mix this year – and he is especially knowledgeable, as he works right with the computer equipment, and can share info with us when he comes on line.Eagles web cam
After its release on August 15, 2011, Halo was twice observed in good condition on Lake Erie – near Cleveland, OH on September 2 and on October 16 near Erie, PA. Halo was again observed near Angola, NY on 12/28/11, 1/9/12, and on 1/11/12. Latest observations indicate that Halo is in good condition and doing well. An interesting fact is that during 18 days from fledging, Halo traveled at least 404 straight-line miles, averaging 22.4 miles per day.
The eaglet Atlantis was released on August 14, and was seen doing well on Lake Huron near Oscoda, MI on September 7. A tentative sighting was also observed in late January 2012 in the same general area.
No sighting has yet been reported for Endeavor.
What is the American Eagle Foundation (AEF)?
Established in 1985, the non-profit AEF is dedicated to protect the majestic Bald Eagle, the USA’s National Symbol, and its habitat by supporting and conducting eagle and environmental recovery and education programs.
In 2010, the organization celebrated its 25th Anniversary.
In addition to its WWW.EAGLES.ORG website, the AEF also has a Facebook page, a Google+ page, MySpace page, Eagle Blog, free e-Newsletter, and YouTube “Bald Eagle Info” Channel. All these features can be accessed from its website homepage.
How often are the eaglets fed?
The eaglets get fed by their parents numerous times per day (and sometimes during night). The parents usually feed the babies beginning at around 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m. (EST). As the babies grow bigger, they will require more food.
The food is placed inside the aviary at the bottom of the hill from the nest twice a day (morning and evening) by AEF staff. The amount of food provided daily is more than enough for the babies to be fed numerous times. In fact, there are usually leftovers at the end of the day.
The food in the nest is sometimes lying off-camera or blends in with the straw. The birds are cared for by professional AEF caregivers and by experienced eagle parents. In past years, the parent birds have successfully raised two sets of triplets.
Make a charitable donation to help our conservation work.
The American Eagle Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity, so donations are fully “tax-deductible”.
The programs of the AEF are sustained by donations from individuals and corporations. The AEF receives no governmental funding.
There is a DONATION BUTTON on the home page of the AEF’s website. You may also click the donate button at the top of this page and choose how you would like to help. In addition, you may “adopt” Franklin and Indy by clicking the “Adopt” button at the top. Soon, we will have a CHAT T-SHIRT for sale, designed by one of our Chat Group featuring last year’s eaglets, and sure to please. When it becomes available, the t-shirt button at the top of the page will go “Live.”
Donors can support the AEF in a variety of ways, including Adopting Eagles and purchasing beautiful Eagle-Themed Gifts
This is the largest aviary presentation of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the world.
The nest of “Independence” and “Franklin” can be found about 35 feet up a steep hillside inside the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary aviary at Dollywood. The nest is a human-made structure, but the parents add sticks and other materials before and after laying and hatching their eggs.
A vast habitat offers a natural setting for these non-releasable eagles. Many have limited flight and enjoy flying up in the trees.
An artificial nesting/release tower overlooking a private area on Douglas Lake (East Tennessee) is home for the eaglets after they are removed from their parents’ nest at 5 to 6 weeks of age. While there, they do not come into direct contact with people, but are closely monitored and cared for daily by AEF staff members until they have grown to full-size at 13 or 14 weeks of age and are released into the wild. While living in the nesting tower, the eaglets are viewed through one-way mirrored glass windows and fed/watered via sliding drawers, so they do not become “human-imprinted.” Prior to their release, the eaglets are fitted with a radio tracking transmitter on their middle tail feather, a colored/numbered marker on their left wing, and a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service metal band on their right leg/ankle.
None of the advertising or commercials appearing on this UStream channel are controlled by the American Eagle Foundation, nor are any of the products and services that are promoted here endorsed by the Foundation.
Chat Room Rules
1. Be respectful, polite, and focused on eagles.
2. No profanity, personal invective, or other inappropriate comments.
3. No comments touching on politics, religion, or sports. Respect the diversity of the room.
4. We prefer that chatter focus on eagles and other raptors and not on TV shows that may not be suitable for family viewing.
5. Disagreements might be unavoidable but should remain polite, and they should never become arguments.
6. Do not post strings of several emoticons, smileys, or random characters, either on a single line or in successive posts. Do not post in all caps, it’s like YELLING.
7. Allow mods to deal with chat abusers, do not engage them yourself, keep your posts relevant to the eagles.
8. Respect the mods, who are here to make sure all viewers have a good experience.
9. Chatting is a privilege, not a right. If your presence is disruptive, moderators (mods) can timeout, kick, or permanently ban chat abusers, and can delete inappropriate posts.
If you would like more detailed answers to questions you may have, please check our Eagle Blog or email Bob Hatcher, our Eagle Expert, at EagleMail@eagles.org.
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