We are excited to report that Romeo returned to the Hamlet on August 27th with Juliet following on September 1st! Nestorations are in full swing, and Chat has begun! Be sure to visit this page often, as our mods provide the latest information in the chat box (even when Chat is closed) and provide links to our Facebook page where the latest photos and news will be posted.
The Educational Impact of These Cams
The educational impact of our high-definition nest cams has been phenomenal, providing unprecedented insight into the Bald Eagle nesting process.
Historically, Romeo & Juliet lay two eggs each season, resulting in baby eaglets entering the world in mid-to-late December, after an average incubation period of 35 days. As hatch time approaches, all eyes will be pealed for the first pip or breakthrough of the egg shell by the baby inside. Then, thousands of viewers settle down to watch these babies grow and develop from downy bobble-heads to feisty and magnificent Eaglets, ready to take their first flight into what will be a steep learning curve of survival in the wild.
This project also focuses on conservation, habitat protection, and the dangers that eagles still face in the wild. “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
To enhance the educational experience, a moderated chat is embedded on the cam page, allowing viewers to comment and ask questions about the eagles. Knowledgeable and friendly moderators help guide the discussion and provide insight. AEF also encourages students and groups who are studying eagles or related topics to reserve time in the chat where their questions can be answered. This has been a hugely successful endeavor, and we have welcomed many classrooms with students of all ages. Teachers across the nation have written us with glowing compliments about the positive impact this experience has had on their students.
Posting Videos and Photos From AEF Cams
AEF invites anyone to post photo and video screenshots/screen-recordings captured from these high definition cams. Since these photos and videos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, IG, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: © 2018 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG. These live feeds are the intellectual property of the AEF, and we kindly request that you do not attempt to embed or live stream these feeds on your website, blog, app, etc., or attempt to monetize screen shots or video captures. Thank you for your cooperation!
In order to protect the eagles and their nest, the specific location of this nest is private and cannot be disclosed.
Beginning October 1, 2013, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) began providing live video streaming from a wild eagle nest located near the NE coast of Florida. The nest is located about 80′ up in a Longleaf Pine tree, and was built by the resident eagles approximately eleven years ago. Through the years, the nest has grown considerably in size and weight (likely weighing close to a ton).
For the past ten years, Gretchen Butler (Volunteer for Audubon “EagleWatch” Program and the American Eagle Foundation “Eagle Nest Cam” Program) has closely monitored and documented important events associated with the resident eagles and their offspring.
In late August or early September, the eagle pair usually return to this nest to begin their nesting cycle, which includes bonding, mating, nestorations, egg-laying, incubation, hatching, and raising their brood until their youngsters fledge and are able to fend for themselves. Mom and Dad typically remain in the nest area for 30-45 days after their young have fledged/migrated, enjoying some well-deserved time alone together in their special Florida habitat. Then, Dad will head north for cooler, less humid climates first, and Mom will leave several days later. The following breeding season, they return like clockwork and start their nesting, mating, and family-raising process all over again.
About Our Cams
Three high-definition cams are available on this page. Two are mounted on the nest tree and provide different views of the nest. The third cam is mounted on a nearby tree at a lower angle and shows the nest tree and the canopy. If you watch for a while, you may be lucky enough to see eagles flying to and from the tree, and when the eaglets get to a certain size, you will see them begin to branch and ultimately fledge the nest.
The 3 video cam views are accessed by tabs at the top of the video screen. By default, Cam 1 has been selected. Click the tab for Cam 2 or Cam 3 to change the view. If you want to see 2 or 3 cams simultaneously, or better understand the difference between the DVR and LIVE setting on the video playbar, please read the instructions here.
At night, an infrared light is turned on. The eagles cannot see this light – it is outside their visible spectrum of light. Neither can humans. If you were at the nest site, looking up at the tree at night, you would only see light from the moon or stars. The infrared light is converted into visible light by the camera (but only black and white), and then we see the light because it has been converted and streamed to our computers!