“Just after 8:00am this morning, the first eaglet emerged completely from its shell.”

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From DOEE:

“Since mid-February, hundreds of thousands of viewers have tuned into the DC Eagle Cam to watch “Mr. President” and “The First Lady,” the two bald eagles who returned to the U.S. National Arboretum last year to breed for the first time in nearly 70 years. The pair has been incubating two new eggs since earlier this year and at approximately 10:00pm on March 16, American Eagle Foundation camera operators confirmed that the “pipping” process has begun. Once a full break in the egg has been made, it can take anywhere from 12-48 hours for the eaglet to fully emerge from its shell. Just after 8:00am this morning, the first eaglet emerged completely from its shell.

The pair’s second egg is expected to hatch in the coming days and the public is encouraged to follow along on the solar-powered DC Eagle Cam, available 24/7 at www.dceaglecam.org.

“These solar-powered eagles nest cameras provide an opportunity for residents and visitors in the District of Columbia to engage with our natural environment,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “It’s particularly exciting to see this project being incorporated into educational activities in our schools, providing District students with a unique vantage point on our local wildlife, providing a meaningful experience that can last a lifetime.”

“This is an awesome chance to view nature as it happens,” said DOEE Wildlife Biologist, Dan Rauch. “We’ll be able to follow the eagles from their first emergence to their first flight. This is real reality TV.”

The DC Eagle Cam project is the result of a cooperative effort between the Department of Energy and Environment, US National Arboretum, American Eagle Foundation, and Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology.”

8 Comment

  • Yay!! Welcome to the world little eaglet! I’ve been reluctant to watch because the disclaimer on the cam site mentions a series of misfortunes that could happen and I don’t want to see any 🙁

  • I clicked on it this morning just in time to watch one of the parents eat a fresh kill.

    Haven’t gotten to see the little one yet, tho.

  • I know what I’m doing during conference calls for the next month!
    Right now, there appears to be half a fish sitting on the edge of the nest, and the parent sitting on the chicks is snapping at the flies like a cat. 🙂

  • Awww welcome baby!

  • I was on it for a few min. earlier I saw a changing of the guard so I got to see the little fluff ball. And some eating. One had brought some food and was really ripping the prize apart.

  • Jut took a quick peek and there was some eaglet close up on Cam A with the mom/dad doing some nest adjustments.

  • Momma just moved off the babies to make some adjustments, so I got to see the little one roll around all floofy. So cute!

  • I’ve been loving the eagle cam. Such doting parents, love seeing that!

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