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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!

>> Read our e-book: Duke Farms' Bald Eagles

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.


Duke Farms Nesting Season 2021

The 2020 Duke Farm eagle cam updates are archived in a PDF document and you can access it via this Google Drive link.

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.

Image of November 18, 2020 pair working on nestZoom+ November 18, 2020 pair working on nestImage of November 21, 2020, pair matingZoom+ November 21, 2020, pair mating
 

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?

Image of Duke Farms eagle nest camera.Zoom+ Duke Farms eagle nest camera.

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.


Learn More

Adopt a Species - Bald Eagle:

Download Adopt a Species - Bald eagle

Adopt a Species - Bald eagle - 197.5KB
Detailed information about the Bald eagle in New Jersey.

Bald Eagle Project Reports:

Download 2019 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report

2019 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.1MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2018 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report

2018 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report - 5.2MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2017 Bald Eagle Project Report

2017 Bald Eagle Project Report - 937.9KB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2016 Bald Eagle Project Report

2016 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.4MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2015 Bald Eagle Project Report

2015 Bald Eagle Project Report - 2.2MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2014 Bald Eagle Project Report

2014 Bald Eagle Project Report - 4.8MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2013 Bald Eagle Project Report

2013 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.0MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2012 Bald Eagle Project Report

2012 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.3MB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2011 Bald Eagle Project Report

2011 Bald Eagle Project Report - 842.7KB
Annual Newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2010 Bald Eagle Project Report

2010 Bald Eagle Project Report - 534.7KB
Annual newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project

Download 2009 Bald Eagle Project Report

2009 Bald Eagle Project Report - 430.8KB
Annual newsletter for the Bald Eagle Project.

Duke Farm Eagle Cam Updates:

Download 2019 Duke Farm Eagle Cam Updates

2019 Duke Farm Eagle Cam Updates - 1.7MB
News from the 2019 Duke Farm nesting season

Download 2018 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Updates

2018 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Updates - 11KB
News from the 2018 DF season.

Download 2017 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Nest Updates

2017 Duke Farms Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 203.4KB
News from the 2017 nesting season. The female was replaced at the nest in 2017 and no young were produced.

Download 2015 Eagle Cam Nest Updates

2015 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 701.0KB
Highlights from the Duke Farms eagle cam nesting season in 2015.

Download 2014 Eagle Cam Nest Updates

2014 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 210.8KB
Summary of the 2014 nesting season at the Duke Farms eagle nest. In 2014 the pair successfully raised three young. Unfortunately, in August one of the young males was found dead in Maine.

Download 2013 EagleCam Nest Updates

2013 EagleCam Nest Updates - 19.8KB
Highlights from the Duke Farms eagle nesting season in 2013.

Download 2011 EagleCam Nest Updates

2011 EagleCam Nest Updates - 59.8KB
Highlights from the Duke Farms eagle nesting season in 2011.

Download 2010 Eagle Cam Nest Updates

2010 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 31.0KB
Here is a summary of the 2010 nesting season for the pair of bald eagles that nest at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.

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The Return of Bald Eagles in New Jersey Story Map

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Use interactive web-mapping and multi-media to learn about the recovery of bald eagles in New Jersey between 1985 & 2015.

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Educators!

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Download lesson plans and activities to enhance your use of the EagleCam in the classroom! Download fun facts about bald eagles, activities about raptors, journaling pages for students, and MUCH MORE!