Mr. President and the First Lady

National Arboretum Bald Eagle High-Definition 24-7 Live Cam

The eggs are expected to hatch tomorrow, 3/15/16, on my son Jeb Burchick’s birthday.  March 15 is the Ides of March, when Julius Caesar was assassinated at a meeting of the Senate and when all Roman men traditionally cut off their winter beards.


In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital (Washington, DC), nestled high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture.  This is the first Bald Eagle pair to nest in this location since 1947.  The two Eagles have been iconically named “Mr. President” and “The First Lady.”  Join us in viewing the most patriotic nest cam in the United States, 24 hours a day.

We are officially on egg-watch alert!  Egg #1 is expected to hatch on Tuesday March 15th or Wednesday March 16.

This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen.  While we hope that two healthy juvenile eagles will end up fledging from the nest this summer, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.

After “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” raised one eaglet successfully in 2015, the American Eagle Foundation partnered with the National Arboretum to install and stream two high definition video cameras from the top of the nest tree.  The cameras are powered completely by a large mobile solar array that was designed and built by Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment.

“The First Lady” laid her first egg of 2016 on February 10th, and laid her second egg on February 14th early in the morning.  Both parents will carefully incubate the eggs, and both eggs are expected to hatch about 35 days after being laid.

Mark’s Rant:  The high resolution cameras are fantastic, including the night-time infrared lighting (IR).  I’m enjoying watching the daily leaf expansion rate of the tulip poplar leaves on Cam #2.