Attention Educators - Please join us for this free broadcast for schools, from the National Conservation Training Center!
(Due to the Mid Atlantic snow storm, this broadcast has been rescheduled to April 19.)
April 19, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect LIVE: Bald Eagle Exploration
Join Conservation Connect host, Louie Ocaranza in our “Bald Eagle Exploration” broadcast. We’ll preview the 2017 nesting season of our NCTC resident Bald Eagles and help students understand some of the interesting action coming soon (we are expecting eggs to hatch around March 24-26). Joining us will be Wildlife Biologist Jim Siegel, and Bald Eagle Researcher Lois Johnson-Mead, from the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).
We’ll learn about bald eagle biology, their history, and more about the nesting process. Our experts will help teachers understand how to use the NCTC EagleCam as an exciting classroom resource and we’ll talk about the bald eagle conservation success story. As always, we welcome student questions via our online chat room and will answer as many as time allows, during the program. Teachers can also e-mail class questions, any time prior to the broadcast to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation Connect is a web-based video series, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, that aims to connect youth, ages 10-15, with the great outdoors & conservation careers. To check out other episodes, resources, and lesson plans, visit: https://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect
Frequently Asked Questions
- EagleCam can be viewed on desktop browsers and mobile devices.
- If you have issues playing the stream or you receive an error message, please try another
browser. Suggested browsers include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.
- This is a color camera, so when it appears like it's black and white, there's likely not enough sunlight at the nest, and the camera has switched to low light mode.
- Audio is on all the time. Some computers, however, have a lower volume level than others, so it might be hard to hear at times, if sound level at the nest is low.
- The quality of the live feed is dependent on weather conditions at the nest and internet connection speed. Snow, rain and wind often affect the quality adversely.
- For best delivery of the live feed, limit other activities on your computer, which could draw memory and CPU resources away from EagleCam. Streaming music or video at the same time as watching EagleCam would slow things down.
- If the live feed is interrupted or is buffering excessively, try refreshing the browser window or try again at a later time. It could just be that conditions at that moment are not optimal.
- Add your comments below or go to http://facebook.com/liveeaglecam.
This project is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Outdoor Channel, and the Friends of the National Conservation Training Center. We also acknowledge the many dedicated eagle fans from around the country and the world who have been with us from the beginning, and who have provided a great deal of support for this project.
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The eagle nest is located approximately 75 miles from Washington, D.C. on the campus of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' National Conservation Training Center. The campus is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, approximately 1/4 mile from the Potomac River. http://nctc.fws.gov/topic/eagle-cam/nest-location.html
Fun Facts About Eagles
Did you know that...
- Adults measure from 30 to 40 inches from head to tail, with a 7-8 foot wingspan, and weigh from 8 to 14 pounds. The female is larger than the male.
- The distinctive white head and tail feathers appear when the eagles mature at 4 or 5 years old.
- Bald eagles are believed to live 30 years or longer in the wild. They mate for life, building huge nests in the tops of large trees near rivers, lakes, and other wetlands.
- The adults will often return to the same nest year after year making additions to the nest each year. Some nests can reach up to 10 feet across and weigh up to 2000 pounds.
- Eagles feed primarily on fish, but will also feed on ducks, rodents, snakes, and carrion.
- Both the male and female build the nest, but the female chooses the nest tree. Both will defend the nest territory which is usually several square miles, depending on habitat and the proximity of other nesting eagles.
- The female will lay 1 to 3 (usually 2) eggs 2 to 3 days apart. The eggs are about 3 inches long and are an off-white color. Incubation is done by both parents and lasts about 35 days.
- The young will stay in the nest about 11 to 12 weeks when the adults will start encouraging them to fly. The eaglets can often be seen exercising their wings on the nest or on a nearby branch several days prior to fledging (first flight from the nest).
- The young will stay at or near the nest for the next 6 weeks while the adults continue to feed them and teach them to hunt and fish on their own. Young eagles are believed to return to within 100 miles or so of their own nest site when they reach maturity and are ready to mate.
- Bald eagle populations started to decline in the late 1940's coinciding with the introduction of the pesticide DDT. Breeding pairs dropped to about 450 in the lower 48 states. This led to their being designated as an endangered species in 1978. The use of DDT in the United States was banned in 1972. This and other recovery efforts have helped the bald eagle to recover. They were downgraded to threatened status in 1995. On August 9, 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. A wintering population survey of North America in 1997 resulted in a count of 96,648 individuals, with about 75% occurring in Alaska and British Columbia.
- West Virginia state biologists believe there are about a dozen or so nesting pairs in the Eastern Panhandle area.
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