Bald Eagle Nest Cam – Live

Visitors have an opportunity to monitor the nesting activities of the trio of bald eagles first hand. Live stream provides an opportunity to view wildlife in its natural setting and sometimes those scenes may be difficult to watch.

The nest is located in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Lock and Dam 13, Fulton IL. There is no audio with this camera.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and see photos of the activity on the nest.

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  • The quality of the feed is dependent on weather conditions and wifi connections. Snow, rain and wind may affect the quality.
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As of 5/13/2016 am – It’s been determined that the camera will be down for the rest of the season. Once the eaglets fledge we will be working on replacing the camera. Please take a look at the Pelican Nesting cam for additional wildlife  viewing opportunities. 


Posting Videos and Photos from Nest Cam
Stewards invites anyone to share photo screen captures and video screen captures provided by this high definition cam. Since these photos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, IG, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: © 2016 StewardsUMRR, We cannot allow the embedding of the live feed on third party websites. We appreciate your cooperation!


Here is an interesting study that was done on a cooperating nesting of a trio of Bald Eagles in California in 1992. Institution for Wildlife Studies
2016 History
• Camera restored December 11, 2015.
• The trio have been seen building on the nest, which is located closer to the road. Tree that was used in 2015 in no longer in existence.
• The trio of one female and two males have been working on building up the nest through out November and December. A pair of great horned owls have been there throughout the evening and possible looking to take over the nest. Great Horned Owls were seen pair bonding and copulating on Jan 3rd. Question – Who’s nest will it be? Eagles or Owls?
• 1/25/2016 – Owls haven’t been seen for a few days. This trio is an early nester, we hope to be seeing eggs either the end of January or early February.
• 2/1/2016 first egg was laid
• 2/4/2016 second egg was laid.
• 2/7/2016 third egg was laid.
• 3/10/2016 1st egg hatched
• 3/12/2016 2nd egg hatched
• 3/14/2016 3rd egg hatched

4/11/2016 Camera went down along with the antenna. Electrical problem is the culprit, was able to get it fixed but need to take camera down and get it repair.  As far as we know, all three fledged.

Past History
• 2004 – The nest and eggs were destroyed by high winds.
• 2005 – The nest and eggs were destroyed by high winds.
• 2006 – One mate died after flying into an electrical power line. The other mate abandoned the nest and eggs.
• 2007 – Two young fledged.
• 2008 – Three young fledged.
• 2009 – One chick fledged, but flew into an electrical power line and died.
• 2010 – Three chicks fledged.
• 2011 – The nest was relocated and webcam installed. Wooden supports were added to the old nest for stability.
• 2011 – Eggs were laid, but parents abandoned nest. The tree collapsed in June, due to wind.
• 2012 – Nest was rebuilt in old location, near Lock and Dam 13. Two eggs were laid and eventually hatched. Behavior of male (Valor) indicated that he was young and didn’t know exactly what to do. He had limited interest in incubation and feeding. Both eggs hatched, but each eaglet at 3 days old perished.
• 2013 – New nest location. Three adults were around nest. Behavior indicated that Valor I was replaced with Valor II. The pair successfully raised 2 eaglets.
• Working on moving camera to new location. We need to raise some money to purchase electrical wire.
• Camera was placed in mid November, 2013 at nest location. However, there are several new nests being built. We are waiting to see where they settle before proceeding with camera setup.
• 2014 – unable to see nest due to vegetation
• 2015 – Eagles worked on two different nest locations. Nest that was used in 2013 was the site they used at the last minute. Unable to get camera hooked up due to disturbance. 3 eaglets were fledged.