WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Last night and this morning, world famous female bald eagle ‘The First Lady’ hunkered down over her two fragile eggs, protecting them from Winter Storm Stella. For several hours, her mate ‘Mr. President’ added an extra layer of warmth inside their wild nest at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC — also warming the hearts of cam viewers across the globe.
Millions of people are awaiting the hatching of eaglets DC4 & DC5, which are expected to arrive the last week of March. The DC Eagle Cam Project (dceaglecam.org) is a cooperative public education project between the American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org, headquartered at Dollywood) and the US Department of Agriculture.
ABOUT THE D.C. EAGLE CAM PROJECT
In 2015, American Eagle Foundation (AEF) staff traveled to D.C. to install state-of-the-art cameras, infrared lighting, and other related equipment in-and-around the nest tree with the help of volunteers and experienced tree climbers. The USDA’s U.S. National Arboretum ran a half-mile of fiber optic cable to the cameras’ ground control station, which connects the cameras to the Internet. The entire system is powered by a large mobile solar array (containing several deep cycle batteries) that was designed and built by students and staff from Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment. USNA has implemented a backup generator that will kick-on if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system. In 2016, APEX Electric Inc. (Kenmore, Washington) traveled to D.C. to assist the AEF in successfully installing audio equipment in and around the tree. The AEF uses Piksel to stream the video images to viewers around the world, and AEF volunteers are trained and coordinated to pan, tilt and zoom the cams, as well as educate the public via LIVE chats while viewers watch the eagles on the Internet.