Eagle Cams: Here, There, Everywhere!

Arboretum cam april 2018

U.S. Arboretum Nest Cam, April 7, 2018 © 2018 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG

It’s eagle hatching season! I learned about the eagle cams at the U.S. National Arboretum a couple of years ago, and have really enjoyed watching them in the spring seasons since.

I remember, in the years before I moved to the D.C. area but was down here frequently enough, looking one weekend for the nearest, largest green space I could find on Google maps. The Arboretum turned out to be just the place, and I’ve really enjoyed the visits I’ve had there. It has been quite a few years since I’ve actually been, but it’s on my list for later this spring, and I hope to actually get to it.

While I haven’t seen the eagles at the Arboretum, I have seen owls, birds, and many, many bees. Every once in a while, I’ll spot an eagle as I walk along the Potomac River, or, as in the photo featured below, at another locale, such as Black Hills Regional Park in Germantown, MD, where I kayaked rather than walked to see this pair.


Viewing the web cams, though, is a guaranteed and far simpler way to see these birds, and certainly a surefire way to see into their nests. If you want a general overview of how eagles nest and raise their young, the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota, has a useful fact sheet.

The American Eagle Foundation has live HD nest cams in four locations. Each nest cam site features several live chats throughout the week. Once the eagles hatch, these chats can become quite active and are a good source of information about the behavior of the eaglets and parents.

Here are links to each, with current egg status or latest hatch date for the nest.

U.S. National Arboretum Nest Cam, in Washington, D.C., with two eggs as of April 7, 2018.

Dollywood Eagles Nest Cams, at the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Tennessee. As of April 7, 2018, one nest has three eggs and a second nest has one egg (one having been previously broken)

Northeast Florida Nest Cam, undisclosed location in Florida, with two eaglets having been born in December 2017 and fledged in February 2018. They still make occasional appearances.

Smoky Mountains Eagle Cam, in Tennessee, with three eaglets as of April 6, 2018.

Here are several others:

The Raptor Resource Project Eagle Cam, in Decorah, Iowa, with three eaglets as of April 4, 2018.

The Friends of Big Bear Valley Eagle Cam, at Big Bear Lake in California, with one eaglet as of March 23, 2018, after a second eaglet died.

Environmental Change Initiative Bald Eagle Cam, at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility in Southwest Indiana, with two eaglets as of early March 2018.

Berry College Eagle Cam, in Northwest Georgia, with one eaglet as of February 22, 2018, after a second fell out of the nest.

Minnesota Bound eagle cam, in South Central Minnesota, with two eaglets as of April 3, 2018.

And, while this obviously isn’t an eagle, here is the replay of Glacier National Park’s live stream of its bear cam. You’ll see the bear peek out of the tree late in hour eight (in case you don’t have a full day to devote to tree watching). I’m don’t love being surprised by bears mid-hike, but seeing them from behind a computer screen is quite a treat.

*Note: The video length has changed since I first viewed it. The time I’ve listed above is accurate as of March 7, 2019. 

Happy animal watching!



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