VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: 07/01/2007 - 08/01/2007

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Monday, July 16, 2007

“It's Been Fun”

The season is drawing to a close. On July 15th the barriers erected at the Norfolk Botanical Garden were dismantled. These barriers created a perimeter around the nest tree, ensuring that the Eagles weren't disturbed. Now that the young are growing increasingly independent the barriers are no longer necessary. The camera feed has been disconnected for this season. Be sure to check in for next years Eagle Cam.

The adults will have some additional work next season, as a portion of the nest has fallen away. This is not uncommon as Bald Eagle nest can grow quite massive. The juvenile female has continued to use the nest as a roost and feeding platform. The adults have grown less and less responsive to her calls for food and she'll soon have to fend entirely for herself. Observers have noted her successfully fishing.

Be sure to check out our Peregrine Falcon cam at You can follow these 4 young falcons as they grow and stretch their wings!

So Long & Thanks For All The Fish

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

“Continued Success”

What a great breeding season. The Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles have been extraordinarily successful again, fledging three healthy young from this nest. As these young eagles develop their hunting skills they will continue to grow more and more independent. Eventually they'll disperse for good. Juvenile eagles from our area may move either North or South, with no real preference. They'll spend the next 4-5 years in exploration, their wanderings based in part on climate and food availability. Once they've reached maturity they'll develop the distinctive plumage that makes Bald Eagles such a striking icon. If they reach that stage these young birds will be ready to raise their own broods, hopefully continuing the comeback of our national symbol.

The success of the Bald Eagle recovery has led to the delisting of the Bald Eagle, removing them from the federal Endangered Species Act. Bald Eagles will continue to receive protection under a variety of federal and state laws. Bald Eagles will continue to be listed as threatened in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information check out our website at

Monday, July 02, 2007

“Still Around”

Although our young eagles are officially fledged they're still in the neighborhood. They are learning the skills they'll need to survive on their own once their parents aren't providing for them.

While these young birds still rely to some extent on their parents for food, observers have noted them attempting to hunt on Lake Whitehurst which abuts the Norfolk Botanical Garden.