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 Duke Farms, NJ - 2013 - Bald Eagle Cam
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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Thursday, September 20 2012 @ 03:18 PM EDT (Read 41487 times)  

Duke Farms, New Jersey - Bald Eagle Cam 2012-2013 Nesting Season

http://dukefarms.org/en/Stewardship/Hab ... eagle-cam/
This nest has streaming video, with a good view of the nest.

Direct link to cam on ustream:

"Duke Farms is a 2,700-acre estate in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and is owned and supported by the Duke Farms Foundation. The mission of Duke Farms is to be a model of environmental stewardship in the 21st Century and inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. This Eagle Cam was installed to provide researchers with an opportunity to monitor a pair of nesting Bald Eagles without any disturbance to the birds. It is being shared with the public to provide viewers with a glimpse of wildlife in its natural environment." (© 2009 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. All rights reserved.)

More on the EagleCam from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey:

2009 was the first year we watched this pair, and the site doesn't provide any history on them. They successfully raised and fledged three chicks in 2009, with both parents sometimes feeding at the same time from different areas of the nest, making it easier for the smallest to get a share. The pair laid two eggs in 2010, and both fledged successfully.

2012-2013 Season:

  • eggs laid: #1: February 14, 2013, afternoon; #2 February 17, 2013
  • hatched: They think they both may have hatched on or close to the March 24, 2013, hawk attack.
    Video of attack by Windy60: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s8anVG-o_I
  • branching
  • fledged:
  • last seen:

    Duke Farms, New Jersey - Bald Eagle Cam 2011-2012 Nesting Season
    Unfortunately there wasn't a cam for the 2011-2012 season.
    From the Duke Farms Website:
    http://dukefarms.org/en/Stewardship/Hab ... eagle-cam/

    Duke Farms Eagle Cam
    This Eagle Cam The Duke Farms Eagle Cam is not in operation this nesting season, due to damage sustained late last year. The video above shows eaglets being banded in 2011.

    As part of the Bald Eagle Monitoring Program, wildlife biologists collect data on young Bald Eagles that are approximately 6 weeks of age. Experts take measurements, determine gender, examine the birds for overall health, take blood samples, etc. This information helps us to understand the health of the eagles, and to better understand their habitat needs with the goal of increasing their survival rates. After the health assessment, a lightweight band is applied around each leg. One band is a federal band (silver), and the other is a New Jersey (green). These bands identify eagles should they be found, helping biologists understand migration and foraging patterns as well as track longevity. Eagles are sensitive to human interaction, so timing is crucial and the exercise is performed as quickly and with as much caution as possible, as led by the expert wildlife biologists.

    2012 Eagle Cam Status - A Message from Duke Farms

    Duke Farms regrets to report that we will be unable to provide live stream video via our Eagle Cam for the 2012 nesting season. Several components of the system were repaired last autumn due to damage sustained during Hurricane Irene. Unfortunately, when the camera was put into operation, we discovered that the damage to the operating system was more extensive than originally known.

    Nesting Bald Eagles are designated as an endangered species in New Jersey and we are prohibited from approaching the nest area to effect further repairs while the nest remains active. As always, the welfare of the eagles must be our primary concern. Bald eagles have been known to abandon a nest when disturbed by human activity.

    We will post updates on the eagles on the Duke Farms Website as they become available via reports from New Jersey State biologists who are monitoring the nest.

    We also hope to launch new habitat cameras located on the Duke Farms property this year. And, we are making plans now to upgrade the Eagle Cam system after the conclusion of the current nesting season and will have the Eagle Cam back online in 2013.

    Duke Farms 2012 Nesting Season Updates

    February 28: A biologist who is monitoring the nest reported behavior which would indicate that the eagles are incubating an egg.

    March 22: The eagles remain on the nest; there is no sign yet that any chicks have hatched.

    March 29: The eagles continue to incubate an egg/eggs. If an egg was laid on February 27 or 28, hatching should take place on April 2 or 3.

    April 27: A large eaglet is seen perching near the side of the nest. The photo below was taken through a spotting scope.

    May 24: The eaglet has fledged - we now have an empty nest.

    I don't know how much sense that makes because if the egg hatched on April 2 or 3, the eaglet would have only been a little over 7 weeks old when it 'fledged' on May 24.

    LInk to 2012 thread: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=273570

    2010-2011 Season recap:

    • cam up: January 5
    • eggs laid: Feb 28, 2:00 pm; Mar 3, 3:09 pm; Mar 6, seen 4:16 pm
    • hatched: April 7, 8:04 am (38 days); April 9, 7:14 am (37 days)
    • banded: May 20 (about 6 weeks old); older - green band on right; younger - green band on left; both likely male
    • first branched: 6/8/2011 for the younger one;
    • fledged: | Duke II (younger one) on June 25, 6:23 am (77 days) | Violet (older one) July 2, 6:50 am (86 days)

      Both eaglets had visited the nest on Monday, August 8, 2011
      Cam was turned off on Tuesday, August 9, 2011


      Violet and Duke II

      top row: April 10 (Violet 3 days and D2 1 day); April 27(3 weeks)
      bottom row: May 8 (4 weeks); June 4(8 weeks)
      center:June 27(11 weeks)

      Good bye and good luck to our special eagle family....

      Link to 2010-2011 thread: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=116498


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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Thursday, September 20 2012 @ 03:19 PM EDT  



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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 07:46 AM EST  

Bad news. From the Duke Farms website. The nest tree and nest were destroyed Sad, but the GREAT news is that eagles are ok and were spotted nearby. Smile


***Post Hurricane Sandy UPDATE***

The Bald Eagle nest at Duke Farms suffered considerable damage after battling sustained 90-mile-per-hour winds during Hurricane Sandy. The damage was discovered by Duke Farms staff members during ongoing damage assessment after the storm passed.

Staff approached the 80-foot-tall nesting tree and found the large sycamore split in half and the crown (the branches and leaves) resting on the forest floor. Twigs and other remnants of the next were also found in the area.

Large amounts of eagle droppings where found on the ground near the nesting tree and a pair of eagles was sighted in the vicinity, signs that the nest’s inhabitants survived the storm and are still foraging in the vicinity.

The timing of the storm is promising as it occurred prior to the nesting season, providing ample time for the pair of eagles to rebuild a nest. The State of New Jersey Fish and Wildlife and Duke Farms are eager to see if the pair will reconstruct their nest in the same location.

“An eagle pair that has a long record of successful nesting in one site, like the Duke Farms pair, is likely to rebuild a nest in close proximity to the old nest tree,” said Larissa Smith, a Bald Eagle biologist from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. “However, they can also rebuild off-site, in another location within their territory, about one mile around their old nest location.”

In 2008, Duke Farms installed a webcam on a tree adjacent to the nest to provide a live look at the daily lives of the eagles. In partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, lesson plans were created to facilitate place based educational opportunities for students. Between the general public and classrooms up and down the east coast, the Duke Farms Eagle Cam had many fans – over 4 million viewers. The webcam and its host tree remained unscathed from the storm and Duke Farms will be using the camera to see if they can identify if the eagles rebuild their nest in the surrounding area.

“Most of the time, eagles will take weeks to build a nest from scratch,” said Smith. “But, we have seen pairs build a good-sized nest in a matter of days, once they set their minds to it.”

Luckily, it appears that the Duke Farms eagle nest was the only casualty of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Conserve Wildlife of NJ stated that none other of the known 100 nests were adversely affected by the storm.


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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 10:02 AM EST  
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Thank you Nancy.....I am so glad the eagles are fine. It is lucky that there is time for them to rebuild a new nest, hopefully nearby.

Choose joy.......
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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 10:27 AM EST  

Thanks for the update, Nancy - I had wondered how they made out. Sad about the nest - but wonderful that the eagles have been seen, and a happy surprise that more nests weren't destroyed.


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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Wednesday, January 02 2013 @ 03:15 PM EST  

Cam was announced to be up, but it's not on right now. People on the Friends of Duke Farms Eagles Facebook page said it was only on for a short bit.

From the ustream page:

The Eagle Camera is currently running, the new nest is located 100ft from the old location and
1 hours ago by DFEagleCam
About the show

The "new" eagle camera system is fully operational, though with several major changes due to Hurricane Sandy:

During Hurricane Sandy, 70+ mph winds tore off the upper half of the nest tree, destroying the nest completely (the camera and camera tree where spared). Luckily, the bald eagle pair built a new nest 100ft south of the current eagle camera's position in late December in another American Sycamore tree. Ground and camera observation have confirmed eagles sitting on the nest

The view you see right now is at the max zoom limit of the camera and many branches (and likely leaves later on) are in the way of the image
We cannot move the camera at this time since the eagles are nesting and cannot be disturbed until after the young eagles have fledged. We anticipate moving the camera to a closer, less obstructed tree after the eaglets fledge.

Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens next.

3:30 cam came on for a minute or two. This is the view. We probably won't see anything once there are leaves on the trees...
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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Sunday, January 06 2013 @ 07:40 AM EST  

Sunday, January 5, 2013

7:30 Finally saw someone on the nest. Nice to know they're both ok after the nest was destroyed during Sandy.
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7:33 Both adults on the nest.
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7:51 One left on the nest. Looks around and then takes off.
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By: Twizzkid (offline) on Sunday, January 06 2013 @ 11:00 AM EST  

woohoo, thank you so much eaglet for the scaps! great to see them in person! Very Happy


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