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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, January 12 2010 @ 11:36 PM EST (Read 50994 times)  
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Libby Dam, Montana - Bald Eagle Cam

US Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam Eagle Cam site
Direct link to cam >> http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/publicmen ... fresh.html
There is also a website with hourly shots from the preceding 24 hours at http://www.libbymt.com/webcam/libbydameaglecam.htm
The camera has still shots updating every 10 seconds.

Libby Dam is located on the on the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana. The nest, also known as the Souse Gulch Eagle Nest, was established in 1996, with the first eggs in 1997. From 1997 through 2008, the pair fledged 21 eaglets, including two in 2008. They laid two eggs in 2009 and both hatched, but the younger chick died when it was almost 3 weeks old (not easy to guess why on a refresh cam); the older chick fledged successfully.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in mid to late March, chicks in late April, and fledging in mid July.

2009-2010 Season:

  • cam back: February 23
  • eggs laid: March 18, about 7:45 pm; seen March 22, 7:54 am
  • hatched: Apr 25, 3:53 pm (38 days); second egg didn't hatch
  • fledged: July 15, around 9 am (81 days)
  • last seen: at time of fledge; the weather was hot, so the fledgling may have followed the adults to somewhere more shaded; one adult came to the nest to eat on July 18, and the fact that they were not seen doing work on the nest makes me think they are with the fledgling; cam off July 28th




(Information from US Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam Eagle Cam site)

Link to last year's thread for the Libby Dam Bald Eagle Cam

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Thursday, January 14 2010 @ 10:12 PM EST  
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A view of water showing below the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Bald Eagle camera is Lake Koocanusa. 90-mile long Lake Koocanusa reservoir at Souse Gulch is held back by 422 foot tall Libby Dam, located 16 miles upstream from the town of Libby, Montana. Koocanusa is a name taken from KOOtenai, CANada and USA.

Kootenai River is named for the local indigenous people who are now part of the Confederated Salish Kootenai of the Flathead Nation. Kootenai Falls, west of Libby, is considered sacred to the Kootenai People as are Bald Eagles.

Notice that the river is spelled Kootenay in Canada vice the US Kootenai.

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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 11:32 AM EST  
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I just got some good news in response to an email I sent to the folks at Libby Dam:

Hi Judy

The monitor is up in the Visitor Center is up, and the on-line cam should be
up this week. So far we haven't noticed any activity, but you are correct in
that they should be back any moment. Keep checking the web site.


Franklin G Fifield
Information Technology Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers-Northrop Grumman


The eagles were seen in mid-February last year and laid their eggs in mid-March - and it will be nice to see them again. Smile

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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 05:39 PM EST  
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See what I found!
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Only just thought to look - and not only is it as beautiful as ever - I think they cleaned the cam! Grin

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 07:50 PM EST  
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Well for goodness sakes. Welcome to Montana!

JudyB
Thank You

I had made a note to call the Libby Dam Visitor Center tomorrow morning before I botherd USACE.
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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 08:29 PM EST  
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There are sometimes advantages to not having a clue who is who - I just poked around the website until I found an address - and tried it! I had a follow-up email from Franklin, saying he'd seen an eagle working on the nest this morning - so maybe we'll see one of them tomorrow! love

They are among the later nests so they have time - but I've been missing them, so am glad they are going to have the cam available again this year.

(I'd like to see Montana someday - I suspect it's quite different from Maine.)

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Tuesday, February 23 2010 @ 09:23 PM EST  
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Well you know I am excited! It's been a long wait and now the time is finally here to see them again. Thanks so much, JudyB. It was very nice of Franklin/USACE to kindly reply. (My Montana born brother is a USACE person but he's not in IT).

(Have not visited Maine; only in my dreams. I did get as close as Maryland a couple times. Am thinking that Maine might be a little different from MT). Grin

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By: JudyB (offline) on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 10:42 AM EST  
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