NatureWatch Eagle Cam - RECENT HISTORY
May 2010 - Despite protecting their two eggs since late March, through cold late winter weather that had the nest and the eagles buried in snow many times, the eggs did not hatch this year. We will look forward to the eagles return next spring and hopefully a successful hatch.
Cascade and Lady Odell are back, and now have a new eaglet -- Pengra Crescent Odell. See information below.
If you ever wanted to see a bald eagle develop from birth until flight, you now have the a perfect opportunity. Following an unsuccessful year last year, there is a new life for a bald eagle pair, Cascade and Lady Odell, located high in the Cascades of the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon.
The eagles were successful battling the late snow and cold to produce an offspring. The eaglet starting working itself free of its shell around 7 am on May 15, 2009 and was confirmed out at 5:30 with video at 3:30 pm by the faithful watchers at Maine Bald Eagle Cam Discussion Forum.
The newly hatched eaglet, Pengra Crescent Odell, is estimated at 3 ounces and 5 inches long. Pengra is covered with soft downy feathers and will depend entirely on its parents for food, warmth, and protection from predators. The youngster is the most recent successful hatch of this pair. The last successfully raised chick was in 2006.
The name comes from historical figures and place names in the area. Willamette Pass was originally named Pengra Pass after the Oregon State Surveyor General who surveyed the routes between eastern and western Oregon in 1865 and advocated a railroad crossing the Cascade summit at the pass that bears his name. Crescent is a nearby lake in the high Cascades as well as the moon phase on the 15th when Pengra hatched, and Odell is the lake where the nest is located.
With this year’s successful hatch we hope to watch the adults rearing the young to fledging. To watch the life of this young eaglet from downy feathers to first flight over the next 10-13 weeks check out this live streaming video above from the Forest Service. This camera was placed as part of a cooperative project to bring live video of wild eagles and wild salmon onto the World Wide Web and to the Oregon Zoo's Great Northwest Exhibit where the same species are kept in captivity.
It is our hope that these videos raise your level of awareness, appreciation, and understanding of wildlife, fish, and plants and their connection to ecosystems, landscapes and people, and entice you to visit your National Forests. Get outside! Take your kids outside! Try "Nature Watch!"
The eagle made its first short flights -- back and forth from nest to nearby branch around August 6, 2009.
VIDEO FROM 2008
Special thanks goes to Marcia Langhorst for recording and sending us some of these amazing moments from the Eagle activity at the nest.
Clip 1 - Floor of nest (03/10/2008)