The bald eagles of the Channel Islands are making an impressive comeback—completely eradicated in the last century, they were gradually reintroduced starting in 2002. And now you can watch live as two recently hatched chicks come of age on Santa Cruz Island.
The chicks are the progeny of two eagles brought to the island as part of the Park Service's recovery effort. Ocean water contaminated with DDT led to the disappearance of eagles from the Channel Islands and even years after use of the chemical was banned, residual effects prevented eggs from hatching. That changed in 2006, when the first chicks in more than 50 years were born on the islands of Catalina and Santa Cruz.
If watching the eagles leaves you with burning questions about their habits and life cycle, you can also head over to the discussion forums, where eagle biologists provide information and updates on the growing eagle population of the islands.
- 2 Bald Eagle Chicks Hatch On Santa Cruz Island [CBS/AP]
- Bringing the bald eagle back to Santa Cruz Island [Nature Conservancy]
- Livestream [National Park Service]
- Eagle Cam Discussion Forum [Official site]
- Watch the Bald Eagles of Catalina Hanging Out in Their Nests [Curbed LA]