DC eaglets get names courtesy of 2 Northern Va. schools

Liberty and Justice with the already quickly-growing Honor and Courage. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
Liberty and Justice with the already quickly-growing Honor and Courage. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps) (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corp)
The eaglets Honor and Courage seen April 27, 2018. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
The eaglets Honor and Courage seen April 27, 2018. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps) (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corp)
Honor and Courage napping April 27, 2018. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
Honor and Courage napping April 27, 2018. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps) (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corp)
"ECC4" hatches in Liberty and Justice's nest above the Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
“ECC4” hatches in Liberty and Justice’s nest above the Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps) (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
Photo shows an eagle with eggs
On Feb. 11, 2018, Liberty the eagle laid her second egg of 2018. Both eaglets are expected to hatch in the middle of March. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps) (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
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Liberty and Justice with the already quickly-growing Honor and Courage. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
The eaglets Honor and Courage seen April 27, 2018. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
Honor and Courage napping April 27, 2018. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
"ECC4" hatches in Liberty and Justice's nest above the Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy. (Courtesy Earth Conservation Corps)
Photo shows an eagle with eggs

WASHINGTON — Forget about the latest royal progeny. The new baby names everyone in the D.C. area really cares about are the ones belonging to the feathered balls of joy nesting high above the police academy in Southwest D.C.

The Earth Conservation Corps announced Friday the two eaglets that hatched last month to proud parents Liberty and Justice have been christened Honor and Courage.

The names were chosen by an online vote, the group said. More than 120 schools around the world submitted more than 250 different names for the eaglets. All told, more than 6,000 votes were cast. Both of the names chosen were submitted by Northern Virginia elementary schools, the group said.

Antietam Elementary in Woodbridge submitted the name Honor, and Bren Mar Park Elementary in Alexandria submitted the name Courage.

“The eaglets are getting larger every day and are expected to fledge the nest in mid-June,” Tommy Lawrence with the Earth Conservation Corps said in an email. “Over the course of the next two months the Earth Conservation Corps will monitor the eaglets as they ‘wingsercise’ and begin to learn how to fly!”

The D.C. eagle pair have roosted above the police academy since 2004, and Liberty has laid at least one egg every year since then. They are one of two bald eagle pairs in the city. The President and the First Lady roost above the grounds of the National Arboretum.

See a livestream of Liberty and Justice’s brood below:


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