Our preserve on Santa Cruz Island has been the site of some amazing conservation work by The Nature Conservancy and its partners — the restoration of the adorable, cat-sized Santa Cruz Island foxes; protection of rare species (12 of which are found nowhere else); and the overall reversal of 150 years of habitat degradation by human beings, resulting in an island ecosystem that is now much like what it was like hundreds of years ago.
But the most compelling symbol of this conservation achievement has been the return of bald eagles — which were once nearly wiped out by DDT contamination — to the island to nest. For four years, eagles have been nesting on the island — and for three years, we’ve been bringing to nature.org the live nest cam feed of our partners the Institute for Wildlife Studies, the National Park Service and the Ventura County Office of Education.
And this spring, the eagles have done it again. Check out the video above of a female eagle (known as K-26) feeding her chick — and then watch all the action live on the nest cam feed.