Mr. President & The First Lady Bald Eagle Cam
Mr. President & The First Lady BALD EAGLE CAM
National Arboretum Bald Eagle Nest Cam, Washington, DC
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About This Pair of Bald Eagles
In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital, Washington, DC, nestled high in a Tulip Poplar Tree amongst The Azalea Collection at the United States National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture. This was the first time Bald Eagles have nested in this location since 1947.
Mr. President and The First Lady, returned to the National Arboretum on October 15, 2018. Since their return, they’ve been seen near and on the nest.
The First Lady (female), aside from being larger, appears to have more of the lighter edging on her feathers, particularly on the back, between the wings.
Bald Eagle Nest Information & Location:
Their tree is located on the western edge of the Arboretum’s famed Glenn Dale azalea collection, the destination of springtime visitors to the Arboretum since 1949. The azaleas bloom in late April and early May. Staff from USNA engaged in early consultation with Craig Koppie, US Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office to avoid disturbance and minimize potential impacts to the new Eagle pair. The presence of the Bald Eagle nest so close to Azalea Drive along the south side of Mount Hamilton means the road is closed off to vehicles. A smaller segment of Azalea Drive will be closed to pedestrians because it is within the buffer zone (roughly 660 feet in diameter surrounding the nest site). Visitors can still explore most of the Azalea Collections from the east side trailheads, however, visitors are not allowed to see the nest itself.
The current nest is approximately five feet wide by six feet deep. The tree selected by this pair is large enough to support a nest, is within sight distance of the river, and is also located in one of the few parts of the District with limited human disturbance.
The Arboretum has a number of mature trees that are large enough to support an eagle’s nest. Even though this nest is in an urban area, the Arboretum provides quality wildlife habitat and enough open space to dampen the commotion and noise from the city. Also, the Arboretum’s eastern boundary is the Anacostia River, which is a significant food source.
There are about 50 species of fish in the Anacostia, some are minnows, alewives and other small fish but there are some like shad, bass, herring, warmouth, gar and American eel that they could catch. We know for sure they are eating catfish, most likely a bullhead type and perch (we saw that when USFWS did their fly over last season, it was sitting on the edge of the nest). It was noted that the eagles may have been feeding on either a female ruddy duck or coot, there was also some herring or ring-billed gull primary feathers in the nest.
The Anacostia River supports 188 species of birds and nearly 50 species of fish. Some of the animals you can see in and along the river include: bald eagles, beavers, white perch, ospreys, striped bass, cormorants, crayfish, herons, turtles, egrets, otters, herring, red fox, shad, kingfishers, and bullhead catfish.
For more information visit the American Eagle Foundation's website.
2020 Season History
- January 17, 2020 - Cameras went live on HDOnTap.com
2019 Season History
Summary: 0 eggs laid
- February 5, 2019 - Cameras went live
2018 Season History
Summary: 2 eggs, 2 hatches, 1 fledge
- September 28, 2017 - Mr. President returned to nest
- October 9, 2017 - First Lady returned to nest
- March 25, 2018 - First egg laid
- March 28, 2018 - Second egg laid
- April 30, 2018 - First Hatch
- May 3, 2018 - Second Hatch
- July 12, 2018 - First Fledge "Victory"
- July 26, 2018 - Second Fledge "Valor"
- August 2018 - Valor fell from the nest and was recovered a few days later. He was taken to Tri-State and was later humanely euthanized because it was confirned he had contracted West Nile Virus
2017 Season History
Summary: 2 eggs, 2 hatches, 2 fledges
- September 13, 2016 - Mr. President returned to nest
- October 11, 2016 - First Lady returned to nest
- February 19, 2017 - First egg laid
- February 23, 2017 - Second egg laid
- March 29, 2017 - First Hatch
- March 30, 2017 - Second Hatch
- June 19, 2017 - First Fledge "Glory"
- June 22, 2017 - Second Fledge "Honor"
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