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Beginning October 1, 2013, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) began providing "live video streaming" from a wild eagle nest located near the NE coast of Florida. The nest is located about 80' up in a "Slash Pine" tree, and was built by the resident eagles approximately seven years ago. Through the years, the nest has grown considerably in size and weight (likely weighing close to a ton).
For the past five years, Gretchen Butler (Volunteer for Audubon "EagleWatch" Program and the American Eagle Foundation "Eagle Nest Cam" Program) has closely monitored and documented important events associated with the resident eagles and their offspring. Her goal was to initiate the process for installing this eagle cam, which would allow an up-close-and-personal glimpse of these majestic Bald Eagles to a world wide audience, educating people of all ages about the USA's precious National Symbol. With the support of the American Eagle Foundation, that mission is being accomplished
In late August or early September, the eagle pair usually return to this nest to begin their nesting cycle, which includes bonding, mating, nestorations, egg-laying, incubation, hatching, and raising their brood until their youngsters fledge and are able to fend for themselves. Mom and Dad typically remain in the nest area for 30-45 days after their young have fledged/migrated, enjoying some well-deserved time alone together in their special Florida habitat. Then, Dad will head north for cooler, less humid climates first, and Mom will leave several days later. The following breeding season, they return like clockwork and start their nesting, mating, and family-raising process all over again.
This year is no different, except you (the viewer) will now be able to experience all the excitement ("Eggcitement") and nest activities without disturbing the day-to-day life of these nesting eagles through two high-definition cameras streaming amazing video images 24/7 (this also includes audio). One camera has Pan, Tilt, and Zoom capabilities (PTZ) and the other camera provides a wide angle view of the nest and the entire nest tree canopy.
Juliet laid her first egg Nov. 14, followed by the second one on Nov. 17. E1 (now called Delilah) hatched on December 20; E2 (now called Samson) hatched on December 23. Watching the babies grow up in the nest, carefully tended by experienced and competent parents, has been a glorious experience.
To access a PDF document showing detailed nest statistics from 2008 - 2014, click here.
It's a major task to install the equipment necessary to videostream a wild nest. Many people were involved, including donors, tree climbers, arborists, video camera technicians, electricians, wildlife conservation experts, property owners, cable TV technicians, webmasters, nest-watch volunteers, etc.
The American Eagle Foundation is very grateful for all those people who made a contribution of their support, cooperation, time, and expertise: Al Cecere, Laura Sterbens, Kevin Tierney, JES Hardware Solutions, Carolyn Stalcup, Doug LaFortune, Brian Gould, Richard Cervi, Mark Lutzka, Donald "DJ" Arana, Mike ___, Bob Hatcher, Chris Brey, Gilad Gershoni, Kyle Tierney, John Butler, Gretchen Butler, Glenn Gouldey, Tom Cusa, the local Fire Department, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, and various AEF staff, volunteers, moderators, and zoomers. We thank those involved who gave the American Eagle Foundation permission to install our cameras on their private property.
Pictures below show the nest, the eagles, and the installation of equipment.