Welcome to the DC Eagle Cam


‘Mr. President’ and ‘The First Lady' are a pair of mated Bald Eagles living in the most idyllic of nest sites within Washington, DC, high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum. Join the American Eagle Foundation & USDA in watching these eagle parents raise their two eaglets, Honor (DC4) & Glory (DC5), which hatched on March 29 & March 30 2017. Our video cams are streamed 24/7, in HD quality, and now...with sound!

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Rescued Eaglet Returned to Nest

On April 20, 2017, Honor (DC4) was rescued from the nest after getting its leg precariously stuck in the nest. It was returned to the nest less than 24 hours later after getting a medical checkup. Blood work was also done to determine the sex of the bird, and the lab results are in! Honor is a female!

Read about Honor’s amazing rescue and return to the nest.

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.

Live Q & A

Live Q & A is closed for the season.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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

Live Q & A Information and Rules:

Due to the popularity of the DC Eagle Cam, there are hundreds and sometime thousands of comments and questions submitted during each LIVE Q & A session, surpassing our Volunteer Moderators’ ability to answer and acknowledge each one.

Our Moderators (Mods) will screen each incoming question and comment and release the most frequently asked and pertinent ones into the Live Q & A Chatroll box. This ensures that the Live Q & A box is not overrun with too many comments and questions and also ensures that our moderators are able to provide adequate responses.

We apologize that not every comment and question can be approved/answered/acknowledged and appreciate your understanding!

Sometimes our LIVE Q & A Chatroll account reaches the max capacity of participants and you may not be able to join. We ask that you please be patient, as you may be able to join as others leave. You may also try to join us for another one of our weekly chats.

We ask all chat guests to be respectful, polite, and focused on eagles.

Questions and comments that are unrelated to the DC Eagle Cam or Eagles or that are profane/inappropriate/political/religious/silly will not be released into Chatroll and will only make it harder on our moderators to run a successful LIVE Q & A Session. If your presence is disruptive or inappropriate, Moderators can timeout, kick, or permanently ban chat abusers.

Our Moderators volunteer 100% of their time to this project. We kindly ask that chat guests respect the Mods, who are here to make sure all viewers have a good experience.

The extension _AEF after a User name designates an AEF AUTHORIZED moderator who has been Approved by the American Eagle Foundation to act on behalf of AEF in our Chatroll Live Q & A Room. If you set up a username with this extension, you may be blocked from chat.

If you have questions about the Eagles and would like to have a more in-depth conversation, please email dceaglecam@eagles.org.

If you would like to have technical questions about Chat answered, or if you are having problems setting up an account, you may send an email to webmaster@eagles.org. Thanks for visiting! Please tell your friends about us, and come back often!

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Posting Videos and Photos from AEF Cams

We invite 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, DCEAGLECAM.ORG.

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!

Photos, Videos, and Event Log from the Current Season

Press Releases



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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, 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.



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.