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 audio with this camera so turn on your speakers.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and see photos of the activity on the nest.
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We have had many questions in regard to the trio nest. A FAQ page was developed to help answer those questions. We also added answers to many general bald eagle questions.
3/27/17 (cliff note version)
On Friday night (3/25) the nest was attacked by an eagle intruder. Hope was involved with the intruder and hasn’t returned to the nest. FWS staff made an extensive search on Saturday, and found nothing. Meanwhile, both males have been attending the eaglets. Sunday evening (26th), another attack occurred by two adult eagles. There will be no additional searches for the missing eagle. The eaglets are put at a greater risk due to the additional disturbance, especially since the intruders are still in the area. The males have their job cut out for them.
You are watching from the public cam and it has only one view. We have a second cam that is available to us to pan and zoom and record other activities. This gives us a better understanding of what is exactly happening at the nest.
- 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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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: © 2017 StewardsUMRR, JCWiFi. 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.
• 2017 – Trio has returned and has been working on the nest periodically. Copulation has been seen on 1/19/17.
• 1/26/2017 at 3:20 pm – 1st egg was laid.
• 1/29/2017 at 1;15 pm – 2nd egg was laid.
• 2/1/2017 at 6:03 pm – 3rd egg was laid.
• 3/7/2017 at ~4:00am – 1st eaglet hatched.
• 3/9/2017 at ~11:20am – 2nd eaglet hatched.
• 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, saw three adults eagles around the nest.
• 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. Three adult eagle were seen around the nest site.
• 2016 – Trio of eagles (two males, one female) successfully fledged 3 young. Finally documented that indeed all three are sharing in all aspects of nesting. Video was taken of all three copulating, building the nest and raising the young.