Bald eaglet hatch begins at Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility in St. Patrick’s County Park

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Screen Shot 2019 04 02 At 10The first of three eaglets to hatch at ND-LEEF in 2019

For the first time, three bald eagle eggs have been laid at the University of Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) in St. Patrick’s County Park. The first of the three bald eaglets hatched on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 and the last two eaglets are expected to hatch in the coming days. The pair of bald eagles, which claimed the former red-tailed hawk nest in 2015, laid three eggs at the end of February.

The community has been able to view the bald eagles and eggs via an in-nest eagle cam mounted in the tree above the nest. Installed in fall 2017 at ND-LEEF, the camera allowed viewers to watch the beginning of the nesting cycle, which included the bald eagle parents adding sticks and grass throughout January and February, followed by a 35-day incubation period once the eggs were laid. 

“Over the next few months, eagle cam viewers can expect to see lots of interesting prey items being brought to the nest and the eaglets growing and learning to fly for the first time,” said Brett Peters, assistant director of ND-LEEF. “Although the eaglets are expected to depart at the end of summer, the community is encouraged to keep an eye out for upcoming ND-LEEF events and continue to watch the live feed to see how the bald eagle parents spend their fifth year at the facility.”

Before the eaglets leave the nest, ND-LEEF will host a “Breakfast with the Eagles” event on Saturday, May 4 for the community at Morrison Family Pavilion in St. Patrick’s County Park. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the natural history of bald eagles, their recent comeback, and how they became one of our national symbols. Following the presentation, spotting scopes and binoculars will be available to view the eagle nest and a light breakfast snack and beverages will be served. 

Program content will be geared for participants 10 years and older, and a $7 registration is required by Wednesday, May 1. To register, contact St. Patrick’s County Park by phone at 574-654-3155 or by email at bendixwoods@sjcparks.org

ND-LEEF is a globally unique research facility, supported by the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, that houses two engineered experimental watersheds, each consisting of an interconnected pond, stream, and wetland. Scientists use ND-LEEF to conduct experiments in a field-like setting but in a more controlled environment than one can find in nature. Both experimental watersheds are roughly the length and width of a football field and located five miles north of campus on six acres of land within St. Patrick’s County Park.  

To watch the live, in-nest eagle cam or to learn more about ND-LEEF, please visit environmentalchange.nd.edu/resources/nd-leef. Fans of the eagle cam are encouraged to share any exciting nest activity by using #NDEagleWatch and by tagging @NDLEEF on Twitter.

Contact:

Brandi Klingerman / Communications Specialist 

Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame

bklinger@nd.edu / 574.631.8183

research.nd.edu / @UNDResearch

About Notre Dame Research:

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please see research.nd.edu or @UNDResearch.

Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at environmentalchange.nd.edu on April 02, 2019.