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Breaking News from the Island: Let the Egg-citement Begin!

We have two eggs! Our Sauces Canyon heroine A-27 laid her first egg on February 24 and a second on February 27.

Check out this video in which she calls for her handsome partner, A-40, to take a turn incubating. She’ll do most of the sitting, but he’ll put his time in too. For more excitement, speed ahead to :50 on this second video, and watch her roll the first egg 15 minutes after it was laid. Rolling is essential to making sure the heat inside the egg stays even and to prevent the membrane from sticking to the shell. The parents will do this about every two hours.

Incubation typically takes around 35 days. So let the predictions begin! What’s your guess for the hatching date for egg 1 and egg 2? And, for bonus points, any bets on the gender of the eaglets?


Live from Santa Cruz Island, the Bald Eagle Webcams Are Back

Will there be eggs? Will they hatch? Tune in to find out! The wildly popular solar-powered bald eagle webcams at Pelican Harbor and Sauces Canyon are back, and you can get a bird’s-eye view of all the action in the nests.

Forget about March Madness; we’re talking eagle time. The eagles are expected to produce eggs in late February, and if all goes as planned, they’ll hatch about a month later. With the two cams you can catch all the drama live, all the time.

Once on the brink of extinction, bald eagles were reintroduced to Santa Cruz Island in 2002. Last year we saw an astonishing 15 active nests on the Channel Islands, thanks to the efforts of our Santa Cruz Island partners the National Park Service , the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) and the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program.

Check back here for updates, and don’t forget to take a look at the Ventura County Office of Education’s online discussion board for more information. And be sure to keep watch on both the Pelican Harbor and Sauces Canyon webcams!

You won’t want to miss a minute of the 2013 bald eagle breeding season.

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