Eagle’s Nest

Summary

Current status – After eleven successful seasons, 21 fledged eaglets have left the Police Academy nest! Their new nest is in a Sycamore on the bank of their favorite hunting water Oxen Cove. It is not unusual for Bald Eagles to move on after a stretch at one eyrie.

We have shut down the police academy nest cam and are working with the National Park Service biologists to assess the feasibility of a placing camera at the new nest.  Our plan is to monitor the bird the old fashioned way – from a distance with our spotting scopes and if all seems right install a camera in the late fall. We cannot risk disturbing the nest when the eagles have vacated the area. Meanwhile, we are bring in a renewed focus to our long term goal of restoring Oxen Cove and the surround parkland.

Challenge – We thank our very committed citizen scientists eagle camera community who have invested hours of time monitoring Liberty and Justice. We will have a need for a few on the ground monitors soon. Our hope is to have a regular nest monitor watching the nesting season. Using a scope and binoculars we will continue the study of Liberty. We will report on our social media platforms through the nesting season.

 Our most import goal for this year is organizing restoration work on Oxen Cove at a safe distance from the nest. 

Opportunity – ECC puts out a call for volunteers to the eagle camera community asking for monitors. Volunteers can join the ECC staff person at their set time of observation or they can come out on other days increasing the observations and ability to collect more data. 

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Current status with the two cameras on the Police Academy nest – both cameras are deemed broken and cannot be fixed right now as it may be a hardware issue at this point.  We cannot risk disturbing the nest as we are in nesting season.  Accessing the camera at this point will have to wait until early summer or when the eagles have vacated the area.   Challenge – ECC has a very committed eagle camera community who have invested hours of time monitoring Liberty and Justice.  They are very disappointed that the camera is not operational.  They are questioning ECC’s organizational capacity to fix the camera as well as raising questions about our fiduciary process with donor dollars. This is all being broadcasted on our social media outlets.  We don’t want to lose data on nesting activity for the 2020 season.  We also do not want to lose our loyal following of citizen scientists.     On February 24th Dan Rauch from DOEE said that we have another month or so for the eagles to nest. Apparently there is also a new nest in a sycamore just south of Oxon cove bridge.  Both sites would benefit from monitoring.   ECC action– ECC commits a staff person to doing 2 monitoring sessions/week.  One at the Academy and one at Oxon Cove.  They will go out to the nest with a scope or binoculars and make an observation and take photos if possible.  Those observations will be posted on our social media consistently 2 times/week through the nesting season.    Opportunity – ECC puts out a call for volunteers to the eagle camera community asking for monitors. Volunteers can join the ECC staff person at their set time of observation or they can come out on other days increasing the observations and ability to collect more data.  All data can be shared on a shared document on a google drive which should be shared on Anacostia Raptor watch?

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