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“Meet Freedom and Justice, MPD’s Bald Eagles” Liberty and Honor Coming Soon?

by Prince Of Petworth March 25, 2016 at 10:05 am 5 Comments


From MPD:

“Meet Freedom and Justice the pair of bald eagles who have taken over the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Academy in Southeast, DC. This week MPD launched a live streaming of the Bald Eagle Nest Cam after the pair of eagles laid two eggs last month.

Live Eagle Cam

Freedom and Justice have nested there for eleven years, one hundred ten feet up an oak tree. On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Freedom laid her first egg at 4:30 pm. A second egg followed at 8:10 am on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The eaglets are expected to hatch between March 23 and 28.

Freedom, the female, has primary responsibility for incubating her eggs and caring for the young chicks, once they hatch. Justice, the male, has the crucial job of catching fish and bringing them for his mate and hatchlings.

The eagles are an urban wildlife success story. Pollution forced the bald eagles to abandon their last DC nest in 1946. In 1994, the teenage volunteers of the Earth Conservation Corps launched a bold experiment to try to spur the return of the bald eagle as a nesting resident of our Nation’s Capital.

Under U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits, the Corps translocated sixteen baby eagles from nests in Wisconsin to an artificial “hack box” at the U.S. National Arboretum. After being raised for six weeks at the Arboretum the juvenile eagles were released into the skies over Washington. Four eaglets were released every spring from 1994 to 1998. Between the eagles restoration efforts the youth of the Earth Conservation Corps galvanized the entire city in their mission to restore the eagles’ Anacostia River habitat.

In the spring of 1999, right on schedule, five years after the first release, bald eagles, Monique and Tink (named after fallen corps members) established the first bald eagle nest in Washington in over half a century. In 2005, Freedom and Justice (named by Chief Cathy Lanier) built their nest at the Police Academy.

In 2015, a third pair finally picked a nest site where it all began at the National Arboretum.

The eagle cameras and an osprey camera as well as a satellite tracking research project are all part of our citizen science program, Anacostia Raptor Watch.”

  • wdc

    Do you think bald eagles will become pests, like canada geese? People will have to carry umbrellas all the time, to prevent getting a fish (or worse) dropped on them. Eagle nests will be everywhere, and the police will have to close the surrounding streets to prevent people pissing off the parents. Small dogs will be especially at risk.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      No, I do not see this happening. Since their clutches are pretty small (1-2 eggs) and don’t always survive, it would be extremely difficult to greatly and rapidly increase the population (unlike Canada geese that may easily have 6-9 goslings each season). Additionally, they, along with other raptors, face unique dangers like the massive wind turbines that generate electricity (a terrible green irony) as well as the growing problem with newer rat/pest poisons that kill slower, allowing for a pest – and thereby hemorrhagic poisons – to be eaten by a raptor, which then kills the raptor.

  • anon

    Cool! I’ve been watching the arboretum nest cam daily since the eaglets hatched. It’s so fascinating to see how both parents work together to take care of each other and their chicks. Plus the eaglets are really cute!

  • ET

    I am obsessed with the ones at the Arboretum and now this! I may be in trouble.

  • Julie

    Southeast? I thought the MPD Academy was in Southwest? I wonder where these are located.


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