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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, October 23 2011 @ 12:48 PM EDT (Read 1218 times)  
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Deschutes National Forest, Oregon - Bald Eagle Cam

http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/eaglecam.html
This is a streaming cam with a 3-minute limit; there's a brief intro before you get to the cam. The camera normally runs year-round, but the primary cam was disabled during a lightning storm in October 2010, and the backup cam was zapped in September 2011. A new cam with night vision - and better protection from lightning - is planned for 2012.

The cam is located in Willamette Pass in Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon. The Deschutes National Forest Bald Eagle Cam is provided by the Oregon Zoo, AT&T, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and the USDA Forest Service's NatureWatch Program. The area was first identified as an occupied territory in 1974, and has been successful in producing fledglings in 21 of the years since then. They raised one chick in 2006, and had early nest failures in 2007 and 2008. They laid one egg in 2009 (I don't actually remember any other pairs that laid only one egg in a nesting season), and it hatched, and the eaglet fledged; the eaglet (named Pengra Cescent) did not return to the nest after fledging, but two adults and a juvie were seen flying in the area a few days later, so we're optimistically assuming it was Pengra and her parents. They laid 2 eggs in 2010, but it was very snowy during the incubation period, and perhaps that is why, in spite of excellent care by the adults, the eggs did not hatch. 2011 was very snowy, and as far as we know, the pair did not nest, though they were seen in their territory. The eagles do appear to have an alternate nest as well as the one with the camera, so we'll have to wait to see which one they use this year.

2011-2012 Season:

  • camera on:




(2008 screen cap of the female incubating an egg in the snow by Marcia;
information mostly collected by Marcia on the Maine Window on Wildlife Forum - more details and references here.)

link to thread for the previous nesting season

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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, October 23 2011 @ 12:49 PM EDT  
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The eagles either did not nest in 2012, or have a new nest that has not been spotted by local observers.

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