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Duke Farms Eagle Cam
Welcome to the Eagle Cam, a collaboration with Duke Farms, to help raise awareness for nesting bald eagles in New Jersey.
Bald Eagles are extremely sensitive to human disturbance. At no time should anyone approach nesting eagles. People who want to observe or photograph eagles and who come too close may actually cause the birds to abandon a nest.
Located on Duke Farms in central New Jersey, the Eagle Cam allows viewers an up close and personal view into the lives of a pair of bald eagles as they breed, incubate, and raise young. It is a perfect tool for teaching about wildlife and covers a variety of topics including animal behavior, bird biology and natural history, endangered species, food webs, contamination, and MORE!
2021 Nesting Season
Fledged 5/16- both chicks
1 chick hatched- 2/26
2 chick hatched- 3/1
First egg laid: January 17th@ 2:46pm
Second egg laid: January 20th @2:49 pm
Third egg laid: January 23rd @ 5:20 pm
estimated hatch: 1st egg- February, 21st
estimated hatch: 2nd egg- February, 24th
estimated hatch: 3rd egg-February 27th
In 2019 for the first time a transmitter was placed on a chick from the Duke Farms Eagle Cam nest.
Duke, NJ band E/88, was one of two chicks in the 2019 nest. The nest was visited by biologists on May 25th. During the visit the chicks were banded, measured and the transmitter was attached to Duke. He fledged on June 15th. He made his first move away from the nest area on August 12th. On August 24th he headed south to the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. He spent September ranging around that area. He moved up to PA on October 15th and headed back to MD on October 19th, where he remains.
Duke's movements can be followed on Eagle Trax.
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Duke Farms Nesting Season 2021
third egg laid-1/23/21 @ 5:20 pm
second egg laid- 1/20/21 @ 2:49pm
First egg laid - 1/17/21 @ 2:46pm
The Duke Farms pair has been seen frequently working on the nest. Nest Monitor Diane Cook, reported that they mated and spent the night at the nest tree.
The 2020 Duke Farm eagle cam updates are archived in a PDF document and you can access it via this Google Drive link.
DUKE FARMS EAGLE CAM FAQ’S
How long have eagles been nesting at Duke Farms?
The eagle nest at Duke Farms was first discovered in the fall of 2004. The pair started using the nest in 2005. In the fall of 2012 Hurricane Sandy's 70+ mph tore off the upper half of the nest tree, destroying the nest completely (the camera and camera tree were spared). The pair built a new nest 100ft south of the eagle camera in late December 2012. The view of the nest was limited by branches and leaves during the 2013 nesting season.
In what type of tree is the nest located?
In December 2012 the pair built a new nest in a sycamore tree.
How high is the nest?
The nest is about 80 feet high.
How long has the camera been at the nest?
The camera was set up in 2008 and transmitted the picture beginning in March 2008. In the fall of 2013 the camera was moved to the new nest tree.
Where is the camera located?
The camera is in the nest tree positioned above to view the nest from above. The camera can be maneuvered remotely to pan, tilt and zoom.
How many young have been raised in this nest?
A total of 25 eagle chicks have been raised and fledged from this nest since 2005.
2005- 1 chick
2006- 2 chicks
2007- 1 chick
2008- 2 chicks
2009- 3 chicks
2010- 2 chicks
2011- 2 chicks
2012- 1 chick
2013- 2 chicks
2014- 3 chicks
2015- 2 chicks
2016- 2 chicks
2017- didn't incubate
2018- failed, 2eggs
2019- 2 chicks
2020- 2 chicks
When do the birds start incubating?
In 2020, the pair started incubating on January 20th.
Are the adult eagles banded?
In 2009 and 2010 it was noted that both the male and female were NJ- banded birds, because they each had a green color band on one leg and a silver federal band on the other. In 2011, however, there was a new female in the pair, which we know because she was not banded.
Have any of the chicks been banded?
Yes, the chicks were banded in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014,2016 & 2019.
2007- 1 chick- male
2009- 3 chicks- males
2010- 2 chicks-females
2011- 2 chicks- males
2014- 3 chicks- 2 males, 1 female
2016- 2 chicks- females
2019- 2 chicks- 1 male, 1 female
How is the eagle cam funded?
Duke Farms hosts the eagle camera and the internet connection. The Endangered and Nongame Species Program and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ support their work and conduct the on-site banding and provide biological consulting.
How many eagle nests are in NJ?
In 2020 there were 248 nesting eagle pairs monitored in New Jersey. Two hundred twenty of these were active (laid eggs) and 179 were successful in producing 307 young.
Adopt a Species - Bald Eagle:
Adopt a Species - Bald eagle - 197.5KB
Bald Eagle Project Reports:
2019 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.1MB
2018 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report - 5.2MB
2017 Bald Eagle Project Report - 937.9KB
2016 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.4MB
2015 Bald Eagle Project Report - 2.2MB
2014 Bald Eagle Project Report - 4.8MB
2013 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.0MB
2012 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.3MB
2011 Bald Eagle Project Report - 842.7KB
2010 Bald Eagle Project Report - 534.7KB
2009 Bald Eagle Project Report - 430.8KB
Duke Farm Eagle Cam Updates:
2019 Duke Farm Eagle Cam Updates - 1.7MB
2018 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Updates - 11KB
2017 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 203.4KB
2015 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 701.0KB
2014 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 210.8KB
2013 EagleCam Nest Updates - 19.8KB
2011 EagleCam Nest Updates - 59.8KB
2010 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 31.0KB
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