Biologists have spotted two eggs in the bald eagle nest on Santa Cruz Island — and web users around the world can watch the nesting parents via a live camera!
Bald eagles used to be a common sight at Santa Cruz and the rest of California’s Channel Islands, riding the thermals and fishing in the Pacific.
But DDT contamination changed all that. By the mid-1900s, bald eagles were all but gone from the islands, unable to reproduce due to thin eggshells caused by the long-lasting effects of DDT.
Now, thanks to recovery efforts by the National Park Service and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — and in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and other partners — bald eagles are making a comeback on the Channel Islands.
On a Nature Conservancy owned preserve on Santa Cruz Island, an eagle pair — K10 and K26 — have returned to the same nest and successfully reproduced for the past three years.
Launch the nest cam and watch the nesting parents in action! Biologists expect the eggs to hatch in early April.
(Image: Bald eagle, taken along California’s Cosumnes River. Source: Timothy Wolcott.)