An Eagle Update!

Happy rainy, Monday morning once again from the Nation’s Capital! The April showers this year arrived a little late and rounded off May with cloudy and rain filled days. Now that we are into the month of June, we are hoping this clears up so we can start the summer off right!

Just because it has been raining, however, does not mean that nothing has been going on over here in South East DC! Both of the bald eaglets, Honor and Courage, have fledged! In simpler terms, they’ve finally flown the nest! 

The week the eaglecam was down, lots of our citizen scientist across the nation, and across the globe, were anxiously awaiting our livestream to get back online. After the excruciating wait time of about a week, Verizon decided to donate some labor and parts to the bald eagle monitoring cause. (Thanks, Verizon!)

Now, you can watch Liberty and Justice with the eaglets, Honor and Courage, in high resolution in the comfort of your own home or out in the field (if you have service out there!)

This project is amazing to me because it can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. I keep my eyes on a sharp lookout when I hike and walk around town, but I rarely see eagles flying about. I know they are out there, but I’m just not well trained enough to know where they are hiding. While I am still learning how to do this, thankfully it is not impossible to see the eagles.

With the eaglecam, I can tune in any time of the day and watch the live stream of the eagles with a fresh catch or fighting off a nest invader! This is important to me when I’m teaching classes because I can pull up a live stream of the eagles and when the kids find out how close they are nesting, they get super excited about the bird walks along the Anacostia in hopes the eagles will be soaring in the sky.

I have notified the other interns already, but it’s happening… it’s really happening! I’m becoming a bird nerd! If birds weren’t so awe inspiring, I’m sure this would have never happened!

 

Joke of the Day: My wife told me to stop acting like a flamingo. So I had to put my foot down!

Featured Photo: A screenshot from the eaglecam this morning June 4th around 10 am.

-SP

Stephen Poblete
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