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.)

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  1. Is there bad news for us like the eaglet died? I only ask due to an occ empty nest with no adults. Our family has been enjoying this web cam. Thank you

  2. I watched the adults every day until they left the nest. I was so impressed. Any information on what occured with the eaglet?

    1. Cause of death is still unknown, Diane. We’ll post something if we learn more.

  3. Did # 26 and 10 go to another nest this year? I always enjoy watching this website. Thanks Diane

  4. Comment from diane ogurcak
    April 12,2011
    Did # 26 and 10 go to another nest this year? I always enjoy watching this website. Is this a different Eagle that is in this nest? Thanks Diane Ogurcak

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