WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2016 – Eagles.org has announced that the first or two eggs laid in February has begun to crack, a phenomena known as the “pipping” process.. Watching the Eagles, Mr. President and The First Lady, can be addictive; being able to see these magificent animals, live and in real time, as if you are standing mere feet away, is fabulous.
March 19 Update: The second egg has begun pipping!
March 18 update: The chick is now visible, but still inside the shell. Watch the cam to catch a glimpse.
The groups report that a crack on the shell was first seen around on March 16, confirmed around 10 p.m. and again around 10:50 p.m.
It can take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours for the eaglet to fully emerge from its shell.Since mid-February, hundreds of thousands of viewers have tuned into dceaglecam.eagles.org to watch two live-streaming, high definition cameras featuring the wild nest of bald eagles Mr. President and the First Lady.
From their perch high atop a tulip poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, located right inside the nation’s capitol, the parents have been faithfully incubating two eggs.
The cameras providing a bird’s-eye view of this growing family are a result of a collaboration among several partners. The American Eagle Foundation traveled to D.C. to install cameras, infrared lighting and other related equipment in-and-around the nest tree with the help of volunteers and experienced tree climbers once the pair migrated from the nation’s capital last year.
The USDA’s National Arboretum (USNA) 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’s SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).
USNA has implemented a backup generator that will kick in if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system.
The high-definition streaming of the cameras is being hosted and funded by the American Eagle Foundation on dceaglecam.eagles.org.
American Eagle Foundation camera operators suspected a small crack on the egg around 7:30 p.m. on March 16, and by 10 p.m. this crack was confirmed. This crack is considered to be a “pip” once the eaglet has fully punctured the egg shell.
It could take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours for this eaglet to fully emerge from its shell. “This is a very special time in the nest,” says American Eagle Foundation (AEF) Founder & President Al Cecere. “To witness the up-close process of a fragile eaglet breaking through its shell and being fed by its parents for the first time is wonderfully heartwarming.”
The pair’s second egg was laid on Feb. 14, and viewers hope it will hatch this weekend. These will have been the second and third eaglets raised by these parents at this idyllic location — as they raised one eaglet in 2015 after building this nest.
In the AEF’s educational chatroom this eaglet will be tentatively referred to as “DC2.” If and when its sibling hatches, it will tentatively be called “DC3.”
In a few weeks, the general public will have the opportunity to help come up with two official names for these eaglets. Communities Digital News is suggesting Patrick, in honor of its St. Patrick’s Day emergence.
The high-definition streaming of the cameras is being hosted and funded by the American Eagle Foundation on dceaglecam.eagles.org. You can also take part in live chats at the DC Eagle Cam site from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday, 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
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