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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, December 16 2014 @ 11:03 AM EST (Read 11905 times)  
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Welcome to the Duke Farms Eagle cam page--We have been documenting this nest since 2009!

Link to the Duke Farms cam ---http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eagle-cam


Click on image to download -- nestorating in Dec-2014



"Duke Farms is a 2,700-acre estate in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and is owned and supported by the Duke Farms Foundation. The mission of Duke Farms is to be a model of environmental stewardship in the 21st Century and inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., is one of the largest privately-owned parcels of undeveloped land in the state. The mission of Duke Farms is to serve as a model of environmental stewardship and inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. (© 2009 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. All rights reserved.)


This eagle nest has been observed on the farm since 2005. This Eagle Cam was installed to provide researchers with an opportunity to monitor a pair of nesting Bald Eagles without any disturbance to the birds. It is being shared with the public to provide viewers with a glimpse of wildlife in its natural environment. In 2008 a camera was set up by Duke Farms in a neighboring sycamore tree 110 feet up, capturing footage of nesting seasons in 2009 and 2010. This camera permitted the public to get a unique glimpse of the nesting, feeding and fledgling of Bald Eagles in NJ.

Click on image to download -- nest full of chicks, 4-1-14

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In the late fall of 2012 the original nest , tree, and cam were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

The Bald Eagle nest at Duke Farms suffered considerable damage after battling sustained 90-mile-per-hour winds during Hurricane Sandy. The damage was discovered by Duke Farms staff members during ongoing damage assessment after the storm passed.

Staff approached the 80-foot-tall nesting tree and found the large sycamore split in half and the crown (the branches and leaves) resting on the forest floor. Twigs and other remnants of the next were also found in the area.

it appears that the Duke Farms eagle nest was the only casualty of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Conserve Wildlife of NJ stated that none other of the known 100 nests were adversely affected by the storm.

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Nest activities for 2015 ~~

* Eggs laid -- -- Egg #1-Feb. 17, 2015 ~~ Egg #2- Feb.20, 2015 at 2:22PM

* Eggs hatched -- Egg #1 -- March 27, 2015 ~~ Egg #2 -- March 30, 2015

* Branched -- #1 -- May 28, 2015

* Fledged -- #1 --June 12, 2015 ~~ #2 -- June 13, 2015

* Last seen --







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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, December 16 2014 @ 11:03 AM EST  
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A lot of good history on this nest can be found at this link -- http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/eaglecam/

A few quick facts ~~

The pair built a new nest in a sycamore tree 100ft south of the eagle camera in late December 2012. The view of the nest was limited by branches and leaves during the 2013 nesting season. The nest is about 80 feet high in the tree. In the fall of 2013 the camera was moved to the new nest tree.

Click on image to download -- The new nest tree-a sycamore

A total of 19 eagle chicks have been raised and fledged from this nest since 2005.

2005- 1 chick
2006- 2 chicks
2007- 1 chick
2008- 2 chicks
2009- 3 chicks
2010- 2 chicks
2011- 2 chicks
2012- 1 chick
2013- 2 chicks
2014- 3 chicks
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Click on image to download -- nearly grown 2014 eaglets

What is known from last season(2014) before the cam went down --


•eggs laid: February 17, 3:54 pm; February 20, about 2 pm; February 23, 4:46 pm

•hatched: -- The first and second hatch were both on March 29th---the third hatch was on April 1st

•fledged: -- It is assumed that all three eaglets fledged in June -- the cam was not available.

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Click on image to download banding day 5-12-14--look at the size of that "baby"!!


"EAGLE UPDATES:
5/13/14

Yesterday biologists banded and recorded data on the 3 eaglets. There are two males and one female. The chicks that hatched on the same day are a male (D/98) and female(E/00) and the youngest a male.

0709-01588 and green D/98 (left) is a male
0709-01589 and green D/99 (right) is a male (and youngest)
0709-01590 and green E/00 (right) is a female

NJ Duke Farms (8/25/14) We are sad to announce news that one of our eaglets from this year's nest was found dead at Sebago Lake, Maine after a fight with an adult eagle that was guarding a nest.

From Conserve Wildlife NJ biologists discussions with biologists and observers in Maine: "On July 27th the juvenile male, D-98, was found dead by residents of Little Sebago Lake, Maine. He was one of the three Duke Farms chicks banded on May 14, 2014 and assumed fledged in Mid-June.



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Link to the 2014 thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=572367#572367



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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, December 16 2014 @ 11:04 AM EST  
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Wonderful information on the founding of the host "park" and the duke family -- lots to see and read!

http://dukefarms.org/en/About-Us/History/


Click on image to download -- Nest area at Duke Farms



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By: mia (offline) on Sunday, January 04 2015 @ 12:50 PM EST  
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4 January, 2014
12.29 PM One eagle was at the nest, other arrives.
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Both digging the nest.
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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, January 06 2015 @ 04:03 PM EST  
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What we have today is a snowy and empty nest---hope the eagles are staying warm someplace!

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, January 16 2015 @ 03:38 PM EST  
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No eagles today but we have beautiful rails so they must be working on the nest and we have a tiny visitor front and center. Smile

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By: mia (offline) on Friday, January 23 2015 @ 07:41 AM EST  
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23 January, 2015
7.37 AM Mom at the nest, Dad arrives.
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