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Posted on: February 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Bald Eagles are Back!

Bald Eagle nest 2016

Watch them on the Eagle Cam!  As of late February, it appears Bald Eagles are incubating eggs in their 6-foot nest at St. Patrick's County Park at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF). Activity in the nest will be minimal for several weeks as the adults can't often be seen while incubating. Bald Eagles have successfully nested within the Park since 2015. 

Eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act with guidelines on minimizing nest disturbance. Therefore, we ask people interested in viewing the nest to use the Eagle Cam, or do so quietly from the Morrison Education and Outreach Pavilion located on the north side of ND-LEEF.  Do NOT approach the nest. Please park your vehicles in the St. Patrick's County Park Red Barn parking lot and walk to the Morrison Family Pavilion, entering from the path from the north of the pavilion. 

In our region Bald Eagles typically lay two eggs in late February or early March. The eggs take almost precisely 35 days to hatch. The larger female will do much of the incubating, taking turns occasionally with the male. His responsibility also includes bringing food and watching over the territory.  Eaglets face many hazards. If they survive the nestling period, they will be almost fully grown and ready to fly in early- mid-June.

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