A partnership was formed between Dulles Greenway and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in 1996 when the private 149-acre wetlands preserve was established during the construction of the Dulles Greenway roadway to mitigate the loss of roughly 64 acres of federally protected wetlands. This wetlands mitigation provided a 2:1 replacement ratio for forested wetlands and 1.5:1 replacement ratio for emergent wetlands.
A huge aspect of the Dulles Greenway Wetlands partnership is educational value for the community. The chariatiable contributions of the Dulles Greenway over the past 25 years have fostered the use of the wetlands for local wildlife education among residents and local school districts. The funds have contributed to the initiatives Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy upholds, to support citizen science and habitat conservation. More than 90 educational programs and field trips are held at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands for over 2,400 local residents annually.
The Dulles Wetlands Ecosystem and Wildlife:
The Dulles Greenway Wetlands is a vibrant thriving ecosystem to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Many of the rare bird species recorded in the Birds of Loudoun: A Guide Based on the 2009-2014 Loudoun Country Bird Atlas were found almost exclusively at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands. In fact, 158 bird species were recorded on the Dulles Greenway Wetlands, including Great Blue Herons, American Egrets, Green Herons, Mallards, Black Ducks, Green-winged Teals, Red-tailed Hawks, Wilson's Snipe, Sandpipers and nesting Bald Eagles as seen in this live video feed. These diverse wetlands are home to other wildlife, including red foxes, deer, beavers, river otters, painted turtles, snapping turtles and box turtles.
About the Dulles Wetlands Eagle Nest:
This live cam setup includes two live webcams and audio for this Bald Eagle's nest about 40 feet up in an oak tree beside a creek. The two bald eagles have been nesting at this site since around 2005, their nest is estimated to weigh nearly a ton. The nesting seasons previous history has only up until this point been documented from the ground.
More About Dulles Greenway
Toll Road Investors Partnership II, L.P. (TRIP II), headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, owns and operates the Dulles Greenway. The Dulles Greenway is a privately owned 14-mile toll road that provides a non-stop connection between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg, Virginia. Dedicated to providing a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation solution for communities in Northern Virginia since 1995, the Dulles Greenway has stood as an innovative model for advancing infrastructure through public and private cooperation.
More About Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy:
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that inspires, motivates, and engages people to protect, preserve, and restore wildlife habitat in Loudoun County. This is accomplished by completing advocacy, citizen science, education, and habitat conservation programs.
2005 - This Eagle's Nest was first established
All Previous seasons have only been recorded from observers on the ground.
2022 -2023 Season
September 29, 2022 - Both cameras go live for the season
September 30, 2022 - Both eagles are seen at the nest for the first time of the season
October 7, 2022 - Copulation seen near the nest
October 12, 2022 - Juvenile eagle seen visiting the nest
December 5, 2022 - Subadult eagle visits the nest
December 9, 2022 - Rosa and Martin work on aerating the nest
January 26, 2023 - Rosa and Martin mate four times
January 28, 2023 - Rosa tests out the nest bowl
February 4, 2023 - First Egg Laid DG3
February 7, 2023 - Second Egg Laid DG4
2021 - 2022 Season
September 4 2021 - Night install performed to install the camera system
September 9, 2021 - Cameras go live!
September 10, 2021 - Eagles return to the nest
December 1, 2021 - Copulation and nest visit
December 3, 2021 - Soft Material delivery to nest
February 1, 2022 - Egg #1 Laid
February 4, 2022 - Egg #2 Laid
March 12, 2022- Pip confirmed
March 13, 2022 - First Hatch (at Day 40 for Egg #1, at Day 37 for Egg #2)
May 14, 2022 - Orion begins to test out the branches around the nest
June 3, 2022 - Orion (Hatched Eaglet) Fledges
June 4, 2022 - Orion returns to the nest
September 17, 2021
Dulles Greenway Eagles Sunset in the Nest 2021 • Watch Clip
Dulles Greenway Eagles stop over at the nest for sunset, the eagles move a few sticks and enjoy a bite to eat before flying off into the sunset
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