Alex Gumm | October 18, 2017
The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) will debut its new “in-nest” livestreaming camera, mounted above the bald eagle nest located at St. Patrick’s County Park during the 5th Annual Science Sunday event Oct. 22.
While the previous camera was popular, with 100,000 live feed views, its low angle prevented viewers from seeing eagles when in the nest and made it hard to see them when leaves were present in summer.
With the new high-definition camera, viewers will see the nest being built, eggs being laid and incubated, and the eaglets as they hatch and reach the fledging stage.
“The eagles are a wonderful symbol of how we can integrate scientific research with care for the environment,” said Diogo Bolster, associate director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and associate professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. “The other day I showed my kids some images from the eagle cam and the looks on their faces were amazing. It’s wonderful to think that around the world, kids of all ages who watch the ND-LEEF Eagle Cam can now have a similar reaction."
Recently, the eagles have added sticks to their already massive nest – nearly 8 feet across and 3 feet deep – in preparation for winter. The best time to see the eagles online is 2 to 3 hours after sunrise when they are most active in the nest.