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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Live DC Bald Eagle Nest Camera!



1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor | Washington, DC 20002


CONTACT: Julia Robey Christian, PIO, (202) 741-0842 desk, (202) 450-7878 cell,  




(WASHINGTON, DC) February 16, 2016 — Eagles have landed again at the U.S. National Arboretum, and for the first time, the public can view them via a pair of newly installed eagle nest cams. The bonded bald eagle pair has returned to the same nest where they successfully raised their eaglet last year. Dubbed “Mr. President” and “The First Lady,” they are the first mated pair to nest at the National Arboretum since 1947.  


The eagle nest cams, which were installed by the American Eagle Foundation in cooperation with National Arboretum, can be viewed 24 hours a day at The cameras are powered completely by a large solar array designed by Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology, and were partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).


“We are honored to be a part of this exciting project that is connecting residents directly with our local wildlife,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “That the eagles are breeding again this year—and are subsisting off fish caught in the Anacostia River—is a strong testament to the significant commitment the District has made to restoring and protecting our urban environment for future generations.”


“These nest cameras give us an intimate look into the life of bald eagles in the nation’s capital,” said DOEE Wildlife Biologist Dan Rauch. “They are an invaluable tool for research and environmental education, as well as statement about the amazing wildlife in urban areas.” 


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


Installing cameras protects the nesting pair by allowing people to view them while minimizing disturbances from park visitors. People, noise, and other distractions could cause the nesting pair to abandon their nest and eggs. Access to the area within approximately 660 feet around the nesting site is restricted during the critical nesting period.

Left: Solar array that powers the eagle nest cams.

Right: The female eagle protects her egg from the snowy weather on February 13, 2016.

Photos courtesy of Dan Rauch, DOEE.
















Julia Robey Christian 

Public Information Officer

Department of Energy & Environment

Government of the District of Columbia

1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20002

Desk: (202) 741-0842
Cell: (202) 450-7878




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Friday, February 5, 2016

Community Happy Hour Today, and Cleanup Tomorrow

1. 'Do Drop In' with your neighbors, family, and friends, for a community happy hour TODAY BETWEEN 3-8 PM at Edgewood's own DEW DROP INN (2801 8th Street NE, in the former Chocolate City Brewing space).
Today's gathering benefits year-round volunteer activities and initiatives that make Edgewood an even greater place for everyone to live, learn, and play. 
This local business (which serves sandwiches and snacks too) will graciously donate $1 per drink sold, and there will also be a donation jar. 
Hope to see you there, to kick off the weekend and toast to another active year! President can answer any questions.

2. The next Edgewood Cleanup is TOMORROW, Sat. Feb. 6, between 10:30-11:30 AM. Meet by Edgewood Rec. Center @ 300 Evarts St. NE. Free refreshments for volunteers.
As always, the grassroots nonprofit group Friends of Edgewood sponsors this volunteer event, starts here the first Saturday of every month, over seven years running. Gloves, bags, and snacks provided. Everyone is invited to come meet friendly neighbors, clear litter from our community, and stay informed on local news.
It only takes an hour, but if you can't make it, tidying outside your house helps everyone too! 
Questions? Just ask cleanup founder and local government rep Thanks -- and we hope to see you today and tomorrow!

Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, Inc., 501(c)(3) -- Doing Good in the Neighborhood
DC Office of the Clean City Partners & DPR Community Garden Park Partners