The DC Arboretum Eagle Nest Cam Project


The 2016-2017 nesting season has come to an end. We have retired the live feed and will resume live streaming this winter.

2017 Season Review

Mr. President & The First Lady 2017 Christmas Ornament

Mr. President & The First Lady Christmas Ornament

DC Arboretum Eagles Mr. President & The First Lady are featured on this 2017 ornament. There are two pictures of this famous pair.



It takes an enormous effort from dedicated remote cam operators, moderators, event log observers, videographers, and IT experts to ensure the success of this experience. The AEF is forever grateful for the effort and professionalism these volunteers have shown during the season. And, we thank our loyal viewers, whose support and advocacy for our mission encourages and sustains our efforts.

Eagles side by side in a winter storm
Bald Eagles Mr. President & The First Lady protect their eggs from winter storm Stella.

In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital (Washington, DC), nestled high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture.

This is the first Bald Eagle pair to nest in this location since 1947. The two Eagles have been iconically named ‘Mr. President’ and ‘The First Lady.’

The American Eagle Foundation, in cooperation with the USDA, ARS, Alfred State, Department of Energy & Environment, the USF&W Service, and PIKSEL has provided 24/7 live streaming video for 2 years, and we expect the third season to be just as memorable as the first two have been.

Eaglet Milestones

Two little eaglets hatched in the nest this season, while tens of thousands of excited viewers watched. DC4 (Honor) made its way into the world March 29, followed by DC5 (Glory) March 30, 2017.

We all watched with bated breath on April 20, 2017 when Honor become stuck in the nest, was rescued and successfully returned home the next day.

Glory accidentally fledged on June 12, 2017, at 10 weeks 4 days old, after making a slight misstep and falling from the nest, landing safely on a branch located below the nest on the nest tree, Eventually, Glory returned to the nest, waited a few more days, and on June 19th made an “official fledge” from the nest. Honor then followed with her fledge on June 22 at 12 weeks 1 day old.

Two Videos to Enjoy
Dinnertime with the eaglets!

Posting Videos and Photos from AEF Cams

AEF invites anyone to post photo and video screenshots/screen-recordings captured from these high definition cams. Since these photos and videos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, IG, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: © 2017 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG. These live feeds are the intellectual property of the AEF, and we kindly request that you do not attempt to embed or live stream these feeds on your website, blog, app, etc., or attempt to monetize screen shots or video captures. Thank you for your cooperation!

Revisit the Season

There are no words to describe the efforts so many volunteers made in compiling this remarkable event log. It has been saved as a PDF file so you can revisit many memorable moments from the season. Our YouTube playlist contains over 60 videos documenting the season. Many incredible photos can be seen on our Flickr page.

Previous Nesting Seasons

2017-2018 Nesting Season

Eagle Silhouette
One of the last photos taken of Honor & Glory, perched on a favorite limb – their future awaits. Live long and prosper, mighty eaglets!

Contact Info

If you have a concern, we ask that you email dceaglecam@eagles.org rather than call the AEF or the National Arboretum. Thank you for your cooperation.

As Seen On

  • Associated Press
  • BusinessWire
  • Buzz Feed
  • CBS
  • Fox and Friends
  • Good Morning America
  • National Geographic
  • National Public Radio
  • The New York Times
  • Newswire
  • The Washington Post
  • Time Magazine
  • The Today Show
  • USA Today
DC Eagle Cam Book

Press Releases



US National Arboretum ARS
Alfred State
Department of Energy and Environment US Fish and Wildlife Service
Apex Electric, Inc.

About the DC Eagle Cam Project

In 2015, American Eagle Foundation staff traveled to DC to install state-of-the-art cameras, infrared lighting, and other related equipment in and around the nest tree with the help of volunteers and experienced tree climbers. The USDA’s U.S. National Arboretum ran a half-mile of fiber optic cable to the cameras’ ground control station, which connects the cameras to the internet. The entire system is powered by a large mobile solar array (containing several deep-cycle batteries) that was designed and built by students and staff from Alfred State College and SUNY College of Technology, and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment. USNA has implemented a backup generator that will kick in if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system. In 2016, APEX Electric, Inc. (Kenmore, Washington) traveled to DC to assist the AEF in successfully installing audio equipment in and around the nest tree.

In 2017, a microphone was installed, further enhancing the experience for our viewers. It was a treat hearing the sounds of the nest tree, especially the vocalizations of the eagles.



THE AMERICAN EAGLE FOUNDATION is a public 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The AEF’s Tax ID Number is 58-1652023.

If you would like to donate specifically to the DC Eagle Cam Project, please make sure to use our DC Eagle Cam Donation item on www.eagles.org so we can make sure to allocate 100% of your donation to the operating costs of this project.

A Brief History of This Nest

In 2015, Mr. President & The First Lady successful raised one eaglet (DC1) before there were any cameras in their nest tree. In 2016, ‘The First Lady’ laid her first egg on February 10th, and laid her second egg on February 14th early in the morning. 'Freedom' (DC2) hatched at 8:27 a.m. March 18, 2016 Eastern Daylight Time. 'Liberty' (DC3) followed two days later, hatching March 20 at about 3:00 a.m. EDT. ‘Freedom’ fledged on June 5, 2016, at 11 weeks 2 days old. ‘Liberty’ fledged June 9 at 11 weeks 4 days old.

The third season was memorable, complete with winter storm Stella, during which Mr. President & The First Lady protected their eggs from the ice and snow, huddling close to one another so the eggs would stay warm. We were all overjoyed with the arrival of two little eaglets, DC4 (Honor) who hatched on March 29, and DC5 (Glory), who arrived the following day, March 30. A mishap occurred in April when Honor became stuck between two branches. A rescue was made, and Honor was returned safely to the nest less than 24 hours later. Glory fledged June 19th, followed by Honor’s fledge June 22, 2017.