Bald Eagles are Back
It's nesting time for Bald Eagles in Santa Cruz Island, and now we have another Island neighbor to celebrate. Bald Eagles were just discovered nesting on San Clemente Island, the fifth of eight Channel Islands to host our national bird again. 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.
Stay Tuned: Bald Eagle Webcams
Will there be eggs? Will they hatch? Tune in to find out! The wildly popular solar-powered bald eagle webcams give a bird’s-eye view of all the action in the nests.
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 cams you can catch all the drama live, all the time.
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.
Last year, 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 did 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.
You won’t want to miss a minute of the bald eagle breeding season.