Eaglets Hatch on D.C. Eagle Cam

Well, here's a story out of our nation's capital that everyone can agree on.

Two baby bald eagles hatched over the weekend at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington. An arboretum is just an area where trees and plants are grown in order to be studied. The baby eagles' debuts were captured live on the D.C. eagle cam.

Bald eagle mom and dad, also known as "the president" and "the first lady" -- nested in a tree at the arboretum in 2014. The American Eagle Foundation said it was the first time in almost 70 years a bald eagle nested in that location. Wildlife observers estimate the nest is about five feet wide and three feet deep.

The eaglets, temporarily named DC-2 and DC-3, have already gathered millions of fans on their webcam which gives viewers a look into their natural habitat. But the AEF warns viewers that they are looking at a wild eagles nest and anything can happen, from sibling rivalry to predators.

The bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

Instructional Links

Website & Webcam: American Eagle Foundation, Eaglecam, Watch Live

http://www.eagles.org/dceaglecam/

Website: U. S. National Arboretum

http://www.usna.usda.gov/index.html

Website Article: Learner.org, Bald Eagle Facts & Teaching Suggestions

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/eagle/ExpertTS.html

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