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sauces bald eagles - channel islands national park

The bald eagle is the national symbol of the United States and one of the largest birds of prey in the country. Bald eagles usually build their nests near open bodies of water with large fish stocks. The nest featured on this live cam is on an island of the coast of Southern California.

In the early 20th century, bald eagles inhabited all of the Channel Islands and over 20 breeding pairs were observed. The bald eagles played an important role in the ecosystem as a keystone species. Bald eagles prevented other large birds of prey, such as golden eagles, from inhabiting the islands. When bald eagles were wiped out from the islands in the 1960s, golden eagles moved in and devastated the islands' population of foxes.

As mentioned, bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands in the 1960s due to hunting, poisoning and DDT contamination. DDT is a pesticide that was extensively used following WWII to destroy mosquitos and insects that devoured crops. DDT that entered the water system was ingested by fish, and in turn, ingested by birds of prey. DDT contamination led to a thinning of eggshells and populations of birds of prey were crippled due to chick fatality.

In 2002 and 2006, a reintroduction program was instated and 61 young bald eagles were released on the islands.

About bald eagles nests

Both the male and female eagles build their nest together. The nest building is an activity that strengthens their bond. Most bald eagles build their nests from sticks, small branches, grass, moss and feathers. Look closely at the live bald eagle nest cam, can you identify the materials used?

Bald eagle nests among the biggest in the animal kingdom. A typical eagle nest is 5 feet in diameter, and each year the eagle pair adds about 1 foot of new material.

Most bald eagles return to the same nest year after year. If a new nest is to be built, the pair usually begin about three months before mating begins.

Views of the bald eagle nest cam will notice that the eagles are defensive of their nest. The adult eagles will typically attack and scare-off any other bird that dares to fly close to the nest.

  • topic: eagles

  • location: santa cruz island, channel islands national park

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Channel Islands Bald Eagle Camera logo

You're invited into the nest to discover the breeding and nesting behavior of bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park.

Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of Southern California, protects the ocean environment and its wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archaeological riches found nowhere else on Earth.

The Sauces Bald Eagle Cam is made possible through an educational partnership between the National Park Service, Montrose Settlements Program, Institute for Wildlife Studies, Ventura County Office of Education, The Nature Conservancy, and Explore.org.

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location: Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands

best hours: Daylight Hours

time zone: Pacific Standard Time

links: Channel Islands Live Programming
Montrose Settlements Restoration Prog.
Institute for Wildlife Studies
Channel Islands Bald Eagle Forum

The bald eagle is the national symbol of the United States and one of the largest birds of prey in the country. Bald eagles usually build their nests near open bodies of water with large fish stocks. The nest featured on this live cam is on an island of the coast of Southern California.

In the early 20th century, bald eagles inhabited all of the Channel Islands and over 20 breeding pairs were observed. The bald eagles played an important role in the ecosystem as a keystone species. Bald eagles prevented other large birds of prey, such as golden eagles, from inhabiting the islands. When bald eagles were wiped out from the islands in the 1960s, golden eagles moved in and devastated the islands' population of foxes.

As mentioned, bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands in the 1960s due to hunting, poisoning and DDT contamination. DDT is a pesticide that was extensively used following WWII to destroy mosquitos and insects that devoured crops. DDT that entered the water system was ingested by fish, and in turn, ingested by birds of prey. DDT contamination led to a thinning of eggshells and populations of birds of prey were crippled due to chick fatality.

In 2002 and 2006, a reintroduction program was instated and 61 young bald eagles were released on the islands.

About bald eagles nests

Both the male and female eagles build their nest together. The nest building is an activity that strengthens their bond. Most bald eagles build their nests from sticks, small branches, grass, moss and feathers. Look closely at the live bald eagle nest cam, can you identify the materials used?

Bald eagle nests among the biggest in the animal kingdom. A typical eagle nest is 5 feet in diameter, and each year the eagle pair adds about 1 foot of new material.

Most bald eagles return to the same nest year after year. If a new nest is to be built, the pair usually begin about three months before mating begins.

Views of the bald eagle nest cam will notice that the eagles are defensive of their nest. The adult eagles will typically attack and scare-off any other bird that dares to fly close to the nest.

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