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In 2008, Duke Farms installed a webcam on a tree adjacent to a Bald Eagle nest to provide a live look at the daily lives of the eagles. In partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, lesson plans were created to facilitate place-based educational opportunities for students. Between the general public and classrooms up and down the east coast, the Duke Farms Eagle Cam has many fans – over 8 million viewers and growing! 

 

2016 Eagle Banding

Banding has been successfully and safely done, you can see a recording of the banding from the ground HERE. Recording of banding from point of view of this camera is HERE.

 

2016 Eagle Cam Update:

We have successfully installed a new camera system on the nest tree! The new system has some major upgrades including HD and infrared night vision.

 

Duke Farms' Bald Eagles by Jim Wright released 2/23

Our resident blogger's new e-book has been released for this year's season. You may find it on our blog HERE. It's free!


 

Check Our Blog for Nest Updates and Info

 

 

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2016 Nesting Season Timeline:

1st egg laid on 2/18 @ 4:15 PM

2nd egg laid on 2/21 @ 5:35 PM

 

UPDATES:

2/21/2016

2nd egg of the season laid!

 

2/18/2016

1st egg of the season laid!

 

2/16/2016

Eagles have been adding nesting materials to nest for the past couple weeks. Egg(s) could be laid any day!

 

Join the Friends of Duke Farms Eagle Cam Facebook page for more frequent nest updates.

 

3/13/2015

Cyndi Pratt Didan recently contacted Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey regarding a pair of eagles she has been observing up in CT. She was able to get a reading of the green band on the male C/94. It turns out that C/94 is a Duke Farms eagle from the 2009 nesting season. In 2009 there were three chicks in the nest and all were male. C/94 was the youngest and considerable smaller in the beginning as he was a week younger than the oldest chick.

 

He is now nesting approximately 150 miles away in CT. His mate is also a banded bird, most likely from Massachusetts. The pair nested last year and fledged two chicks. They are nesting again this season and are due to hatch next week.

C/94 gathering nesting materials in CT      C/94 on nest in CT

Images of C/94 in CT taken by: Cyndi Pratt Didan

 

8/25/2014: On July 27 the juvenile male, D-98, was found dead by residents of Little Sebago Lake, Maine.   He was one of the three Duke Farms chicks banded on May 14, 2014 and assumed fledged in Mid-June.Residents of the lake which is NW of Portland, reported seeing him near an active eagle nest located on the lake. The nest had chicks which fledged in early July.  On July 25 residents reported seeing a juvenile with a green band sitting in a tree near a boat house;

 

“The youngster had been in a small tree next to our boat house for quite a long time when an adult, carrying a fish, swooped in over the folks sunning on the beach and attacked the young bird.  It dropped the fish in the process.  The adult flew off leaving the fish and the juvenile behind.  Thanks to a cell phone photo, we know that the youngster had the band colors of the later retrieved juvenile”.

 

While we don’t know for certain we can assume that the juvenile’s death was in some part due to injuries that occurred when it was attacked by the adult.   The mortality rate for first year eagles is fairly high as they are still learning to hunt and fly.  It is very unusual to receive this much information on the details surrounding an eagles death. 

Here's a fun citizen science opportunity.

Larissa Smith, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ’s eagle biologist, wants to know what the parents are feeding the chicks. We put together a simple data sheet. Check it out! (And get ready..... they'll be coming into the world next week)

 

Eagle Food Observation Data Sheet


Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest

Do you love bald eagles? Do you have creative ideas for how to use the Duke Farms Eagle Cam to bring your lessons to life for your students? Do you want to get up close and personal with a bald eagle chick?

 

Then CLICK HERE to find out about our Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest!

 

The winner of the 2015 Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest is Diane Cook of Copper Hill Elementary.

 

CLICK HERE to watch a video featuring this year's Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest winner.

 

Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest Winner Diane Cook

From left to right: Michael Catania Executive Director of Duke Farms, Diane Cook Copper Hill Elementary and David Wheeler Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

 

Teachers: Duke Farms has created a forum for teachers to share information and resources relevant to how the Duke Farms Eagle Cam is used for public education. Look for “Eagle Cam Teachers” on Facebook. 


 

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