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Duke Farms Eagle Cam
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!
Eagle have been seen on the nest starting to prepare it for the upcoming nesting season!
The camera is now running. The cam may go down temporarily as we clean up cable splices buried in the ground and prep the lines for winter.
We have pulled down the eagle camera and found out the main issue to be a corroded connector. We will be cleaning/replacing the connectors and running tests the next few weeks. Hopefully we will have the camera up again soon.
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.
2014 Nesting Season Timeline:
1st Egg Laid: February 17 @ 3:55 PM
2nd Egg Laid: February 20 @ 3:00 PM
3rd Egg Laid: February 23 @4:45 PM
2 Chicks Hatched: March 29
3rd Chick Hatched: April 1